Stoner shows prejudice against ex-stoner
"Former Labor staffer Mr Coutts-Trotter has faced a barrage of criticism after being appointed director-general of the department despite being a heroin addict during the 1980s and spending nearly three years in jail for conspiracy to import narcotics.
"But he defended his appointment, saying: 'I think my life shows that redemption is possible, that a terrible and criminal mistake, serious as it was, can be paid for and you can move on from it.
"'If this publicity about my background does anything I hope that it reassures people like my mother, or people like me, that change is possible, that there is reason to hope.'"
Sydney Morning Herald
Parents, teachers OK with Director-General appointment
"The new Opposition education spokesman, Andrew Stoner, said Mr Coutts-Trotter's criminal past as a convicted drug dealer would worry parents and he should not be allowed to run the Education Department."