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Occupation  Public servant
Name  Michael Coutts-Trotter
Spouse  Tanya Plibersek

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Alma mater  University of Technology, Sydney
Employer  New South Wales Government
Education  University of Technology Sydney
Organization  Department of Family and Community Services
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Michael Coutts-Trotter, an Australian public servant and is married to Tanya Plibersek MP, an Australian Labor Party politician and the federal Deputy Leader of the Opposition.


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Coutts-Trotter was given a nine-year prison sentence after being convicted for the importation and distribution of heroin into Australia in 1986.

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In 1986, Coutts-Trotter was imprisoned on a nine-year jail sentence for conspiracy to import narcotics into Australia. At the time he was a heroin dealer and addict.

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He was controversially appointed Director-General of the NSW Department of Education and Training in April 2007. This appointment was criticized by opposition members of Parliament, the NSW Teachers Federation and the Public Principals Forum for his lack of experience in teaching and education and his criminal conviction as a heroin trafficker.

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The Teachers Federation also questioned his criminal past and time spent in prison for heroin dealing ; with the Federation's president, Maree O'Halloran, saying that a teacher with his criminal conviction for a serious drug offence would be unable to continue teaching and working with children.

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Appointing him as Director-General of the Department of Finance and Services in April 2011, the NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell said that Coutts-Trotter's skills would allow this new department to deliver on its results. It was reported in July 2013, upon his appointment to lead the Department of Family and Community Services, that Coutts-Trotter's new role was a demotion. Following the report O'Farrell held a media conference to reject the suggestion.

In 2013, Coutts-Trotter was made a national fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia.

Personal life

Coutts-Trotter matriculated from Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview and the University of Technology, Sydney, with a degree in journalism.

Coutts-Trotter is married to Tanya Plibersek MP, a Labor politician and the federal Deputy Leader of the Opposition.


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