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The Hon. Mark LATHAM, MLC

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Member of the Legislative Council
Term of service expires 59th Parliament (07 Mar 2031)
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Member of the Legislative Council
A The Hon. Mark Latham, MLC
Parliament House
Macquarie Street
P (02) 9230 3682
E [email protected]

Parliamentary Activity
Current Positions
Position Start Notes
Member, Procedure Committee 30 Nov 2023
Member, Selection of Bills Committee 22 Aug 2023
Member, Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety 29 Jun 2023
Member, Public Accountability and Works Committee 23 May 2023
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 25 Mar 2023
Prior Positions
Position Start End Period Notes
Chair, Select Committee on Barangaroo sight lines 10 Aug 2022 17 Feb 2023 6 months 8 days
Member, Select Committee on the Greater Sydney Parklands Trust Bill 2021 23 Nov 2021 22 Feb 2022 3 months
Member, Joint Select Committee on the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 18 Jun 2020 31 Mar 2021 9 months 14 days
Substitute Member, Standing Committee on State Development 20 Jun 2019 04 Mar 2020 8 months 14 days Uranium Mining and Nuclear Facilities (Prohibitions) Repeal Bill 2019
Chair, Portfolio Committee No. 3 - Education 06 Jun 2019 02 Mar 2023 3 years 8 months 25 days
Member, Joint Select Committee on Sydney's Night Time Economy 29 May 2019 30 Sep 2019 4 months 2 days
Member, Selection of Bills Committee 28 May 2019 02 Mar 2023 3 years 9 months 3 days
Member, Portfolio Committee No. 3 - Education 15 May 2019 02 Mar 2023 3 years 9 months 16 days
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 23 Mar 2019 02 Mar 2023 3 years 11 months 8 days
About the Electorate

Political Party Activity

Following his graduation from University in 1982 Mark has worked for a series of Labor politicians, including John Kerin, Gough Whitlam and Bob Carr. Mark served as Mayor of Liverpool Council between 1991 and 1994, having been elected to Liverpool Council as an East Ward Alderman in 1987.


In national politics, Mark was the Member for Werriwa (1994-2005), a Labor Shadow Minister (1996-98 and 2001-2003) and Leader of the Opposition (2003-2005). After holding an early lead in the polls, he led Labor unsuccessfully in its attempt to win government against John Howard at the October 2004 Federal election. 


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Honours Received


Born on 28 February 1961, Mark grew up in Green Valley near Liverpool in Western Sydney and went to school at Ashcroft Primary School and Hurlstone Agricultural High School, where he was Dux in 1978.

Qualifications, Occupations and Interests

Mark studied Economics at Sydney University, winning the JK Galbraith Prize for Political Economy in 1980 and graduating with an Honours degree in 1982.


After leaving parliament in 2005, Mark was a columnist for various newspapers, including the Australian Financial Review (2007-2015) and Sydney’s Daily Telegraph (2016-2018). He is the author of 13 books, including Civilising Global Capital (1998), The Latham Diaries (2005), Outsiders (2017) and Take Back Australia (2018).


Mark is one of Australia’s leading advocates of ‘outsider’ politics. He strongly opposes
the impact of political correctness and identity politics on public debate, freely speaking his mind on a range of issues. In March 2017 he established an online platform ‘Mark Latham’s Outsiders’. It ran a successful, high-profile Save Australia Day campaign in January 2018.

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