Jodie Haydon has deleted her LinkedIn profile after Daily Mail Australia revealed she posted about changing the date of Australia Day and supporting striking teachers.
The 43-year-old had declared she wanted to avoid making political commentary as the Prime Minister’s partner – but used her LinkedIn account to freely air her progressive views.
In the past year she called for the date of Australia Day to be changed, with a post saying: ‘Sovereignty has never been ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.’
She has also argued for pay rises for teachers, supported asylum seekers and described outspoken feminist Grace Tame as inspiring among her posts.
After Daily Mail Australia published an article about Ms Haydon’s political opinions, her LinkedIn profile appears to have been deactivated, with the website saying on Friday: ‘This page doesn’t exist’.
Jodie Haydon (pictured boarding a plane to depart Spain on Thursday) has deleted her LinkedIn profile after Daily Mail Australia revealed she posted about changing the date of Australia Day and supporting striking teachers
Ms Haydon’s Linked In profile brought up the message ‘this page doesn’t exist’
Ms Haydon argued in this LinkedIn post for the date of Australia Day to be changed. Mr Albanese does not support this view
The Prime Minister’s office declined to comment on her LinkedIn activity, with sources stressing that she and the PM should not be expected to share the same views.
Former finance worker Ms Haydon has been thrust into the limelight since meeting Mr Albanese when he was Opposition Leader at a Labor rally in 2020.
This week she rubbed shoulders with global leaders and European royalty as she accompanied him on a taxpayer-funded trip to NATO meetings in Spain.
The daughter of school teachers – who was born in Bankstown, western Sydney – was pictured smiling alongside Spain’s Queen Letizia in the Romanesque city of Sergovia, just north of Madrid, on Wednesday.
She later posed for snaps with other leaders’ partners including US First Lady Jill Biden, who has been joined on the trip by granddaughters Maisy and Finnegan.
Pictured: Anthony Albanese’s partner Jodie Haydon (right) meets Queen Letizia of Spain (left)
Jodie Haydon waves to the cameras she prepares to jet off across the world with her partner, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
Although she has never sought political office, Ms Haydon has been a Labor member ‘on and off’ and now works as a women’s officer for the NSW Public Service Association.
In one LinkedIn post last year, she shared a cartoon of an Aboriginal rights protester with the caption: ‘Sovereignty has never been ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land. #ulurustatementfromtheheart #treaty #changethedate’.
Many Indigenous campaigners want Australia Day to be moved from January 26, the the British First Fleet claimed the land after arriving at Sydney Cove in 1788, because colonisation dispossessed Aboriginal people of their lands.
Ms Haydon’s view on the matter contrasts with the Prime Minister’s who, during the election campaign, insisted the date should not be moved.
‘One of the things we need to do is seek ways to unite Australia, rather than engage in culture wars. It’s really counterproductive,’ he said.
In Australia the prime minister’s partner does not have an official role like the US first lady, but it’s normal for them to attend important overseas or interstate trips.
PM Anthony Albanese and Ms Haydon meet His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain and his wife Queen Letizia on Tuesday night
Jodie Haydon joined her partner at the NATO gala dinner in Madrid on Tuesday night
Ms Haydon used to be an ordinary finance worker (left in 2015 and right in 2009) but was thrust into the limelight when she started dating the 59-year-old Prime Minister in 2020
Anthony Albanese and partner Jodie Haydon disembark after arriving at Torrejon Airbase in Madrid on Monday
Ms Haydon, who used to work for superannuation funds, supported NSW teachers when they went on strike in December over pay and workload
And last month when the Fair Work Commission made a provisional decision to hand employees 10 days paid domestic violence leave, Ms Haydon celebrated the move
Ms Haydon, who used to work for superannuation funds, also supported teachers when they went on strike in NSW in December over pay and workload.
‘I stand in solidarity with our hard working public educators in NSW. Will you,’ she wrote.
And last month when the Fair Work Commission made a provisional decision to hand employees 10 days paid domestic violence leave, Ms Haydon celebrated the move.
She said: ‘This is why I’m proud to work for the union movement that has tirelessly advocated for better working conditions. This will make an enormous difference to those suffering at the hands of a violent partner.’
Ms Haydon has repeatedly posted about gender equality and women’s safety and also been vocal about welcoming refugees into Australia.
Last week she shared a heart-warming post by NSW Police about a Vietnamese refugee who became a detective in Sydney, writing: ‘This is a story that demonstrates the success of refugees coming to Australia and contributing to society in such a positive way.’
Ms Haydon and Mr Albanese are only the second unmarried pair to be handed the keys to the Prime Minister’s residences after Julia Gillard and her now former partner Tim Mathieson, a hairdresser.
Mr Albanese, center, celebrates with his son Nathan, right, and his partner Jodie after winning the election on May 21
Ms Haydon has used her social media profile to support a voice to parliament for Aboriginal Australians
Ms Haydon has campaigned for wage rises for public sector workers