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The Hon. Mark LATHAM, MLC

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Member of the Legislative Council
Member of the Pauline Hanson's One Nation
Term of service expires 58th Parliament (05 Mar 2027)
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Member of the Legislative Council
A The Hon. Mark Latham, MLC
Parliament House
Macquarie Street
P (02) 9230 3682

Parliamentary Activity
Current Positions
Position Start Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 23 Mar 2019
Chair, Portfolio Committee No. 3 - Education 06 Jun 2019
Member, Portfolio Committee No. 3 - Education 15 May 2019
Member, Selection of Bills Committee 28 May 2019
Chair, Select Committee on Barangaroo sight lines 10 Aug 2022
Prior Positions
Position Start End Period Notes
Member, Joint Select Committee on Sydney's Night Time Economy 29 May 2019 30 Sep 2019 4 months 2 days
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
Member, Select Committee on the Greater Sydney Parklands Trust Bill 2021 23 Nov 2021 22 Feb 2022 3 months
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
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. 


In November 2018 Mr Latham announced his candidacy for the NSW Legislative Council as the State Leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party. On 23 March 2019 he was elected to the NSW upper house with the highest personal vote (below-the-line) in the ballot. The overall success of One Nation’s campaign resulted in Mr Latham’s running mate, Rod Roberts, also being elected. After a 14 year break, Mr Latham has re-entered parliament with a strong focus on policy issues in the education, urban planning, energy and law reform portfolios. One Nation has part of the balance of power in the NSW Legislative Council. 

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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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