Mark Latham

Diary Australia

9 August 2014 9:00 am

At the season launch for the 1987 Sheffield Shield, the South Australian captain, David Hookes, was seated next to Don…

Latham's Law: 29 September 2012

29 September 2012 9:00 am

For many readers, The Spectator Australia is like The Real Housewives of Orange County. Only the front bits are worth…

Latham's Law – 8 September 2012

8 September 2012 6:00 am

Gerard Henderson is crackers. This is the only conclusion one can reach from his increasingly bizarre attacks on The Spectator…

Latham's Law – 25 August 2012

25 August 2012 6:00 am

One of the grave concerns of parents is bullying at school, that unbearable circumstance in which good, hard-working students are…

Latham’s law – 11 August 2012

11 August 2012 6:00 am

This is the story of an Australian Opposition Leader who cried wolf about a new tax. In the months leading…

Latham's Law – 28 July 2012

28 July 2012 6:00 am

When Kevin Rudd was rising through the ranks of the Parliamentary Labor party a decade ago, his most diligent critic…

Latham’s law – 21 July 2012

21 July 2012 10:15 am

In the public dispute over Labor-Green preferences, Sarah Hanson-Young, the Greens’ immigration spokesperson, made a telling contribution. ‘There’s a big…

Latham's Law – 14th July 2012

14 July 2012 6:00 am

One of the delusions of life in Canberra is that laws passed on Capital Hill have a big-bang impact on…

Latham’s Law -30 June 2012

30 June 2012 6:00 am

First, an important update. In September I reported on the new system by which the memory of journalists would be…

Latham’s law

23 June 2012 6:00 am

Nothing excites journalists more than a debate about the future of journalism. While this is not unusual among professional groups,…

Latham’s law

19 May 2012 5:00 pm

For those who study the succession to the throne, last Friday was a red-letter day. Britain’s Prince Charles gave a…

Latham’s law

12 May 2012 10:00 am

In the 1980s classic Ghostbusters, Ray Parker Jr’s theme music gave rise to an enduring catchcry: Who you gonna call?…

Latham’s law

5 May 2012 12:00 pm

Parliamentary service confers on its participants a wide range of life skills. One of these is an unerring ability to…

Latham’s law

28 April 2012 12:00 pm

Each year with the commemoration of Anzac Day, there are some fascinating reflections on our national culture. I think the…

Latham’s law

14 April 2012 5:00 pm

There is a story, apocryphal perhaps, about the meeting between John F. Kennedy and the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in…

Latham’s law

7 April 2012 12:00 pm

A common lament in political commentary is how parliamentary life has changed beyond recognition. The end of Cold War ideology…

Latham’s law

31 March 2012 11:00 am

No one could accuse the Queensland Labor Party of over-intellectualising its political tactics. At a time when academics and commentators…

Latham’s law

17 March 2012 4:00 pm

Some of the new television programming for 2012 has been hard to follow. Last Sunday, for instance, I tuned into…

Latham’s law

10 March 2012 10:00 am

One of the mighty tales of American politics concerns the populist, Depression-era Governor of Louisiana, Huey Long. Campaigning for office,…

Latham’s law

3 March 2012 11:00 am

The Gillard-Rudd struggle is not just about party politics. It is also about media politics. At the Sydney Morning Herald,…

Latham’s Law

25 February 2012 11:00 am

Kevin Rudd’s resignation as Foreign Minister is consistent with every other scene in this Rudd-inspired soap opera. The man who…

Latham’s law

18 February 2012 3:00 pm

Later this year, Labor’s new leader (either Stephen Smith or Bill Shorten) will have a strategic decision to make: what…

Latham’s Law

11 February 2012 12:00 pm

One of the delusions of the nanny state is that laws made in the distant chambers of Parliament House can…

Latham’s Law

4 February 2012 12:00 pm

The wonder of the Tent Embassy riot lies not in how or why it happened, but in the political judgement…

Latham’s Law

21 January 2012 3:00 pm

Saturday morning at the nearest coffee shop, marvelling at the power of Murdoch self-promotion. One paper presents a profile of…