Not Dead Yet: Labor’s Post-left Future (Quarterly Essay 49) by Mark Latham

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May 2013, no. 351
Dennis Altman reviews 'Not Dead Yet: Labor’s Post-left Future (Quarterly Essay 49)' by Mark Latham

Not Dead Yet: Labor’s Post-left Future (Quarterly Essay 49)

by Mark Latham

Black Inc., $19.99 pb, 101 pp, 9781863955973

Not Dead Yet: Labor’s Post-left Future (Quarterly Essay 49) by Mark Latham

Reviewed by
May 2013, no. 351

Mark Latham rose to the leadership of the Labor Party unexpectedly, lost the 2004 federal election, retired to sulk from the sidelines, and has done so ever since. Whether he or Graham Richardson has done more damage to the party that nurtured them is a question I leave to the blogosphere. Before Latham became leader in 2003, he published considerably more about his vision for Labor than most parliamentarians have done, though none of his publications was as readable as his post-retirement diaries (2005), in which he displayed a lack of judgement and such scant goodwill to his colleagues that it leaves one astounded that they ever elected him leader. (When Latham ran against Kim Beazley for the leadership, two of the wiser members of caucus, Carmen Lawrence and Lindsay Tanner, counselled me against becoming too enthusiastic. They were clearly correct.)

Dennis Altman reviews 'Not Dead Yet: Labor’s Post-left Future (Quarterly Essay 49)' by Mark Latham

Not Dead Yet: Labor’s Post-left Future (Quarterly Essay 49)

by Mark Latham

Black Inc., $19.99 pb, 101 pp, 9781863955973

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