Intro of Mark Latham:-
Mark Latham was born on 28 February 1961 in Ashcroft, Sydney. He is a media commentator and Australian politician, currently he is also serving as a member in the New South Wales Legislative Council. Previously, by defeating Beazley in a leadership vote, he became the leader of the Australian Labour Party (ALP) and leader of the opposition from December 2003 to January 2005. From 1980 to 1982, he also worked as an adviser to Labor politician John Kerin.
His Personal Life: –
Mark Latham is an Australian citizen, who studied economics at the University of Sydney. He has 3 children. At his young age, he became a member of the Labor party. In 1987, he was chosen to the Liverpool City Council and in 1991 he became a mayor. At the 1994 Werriwa by-election, he won the seat of Werriwa and the result of that he entered the House of Representatives. After the 1996 federal election, he joined the Labor’s Shadow Cabinet but in 1998, he left the frontbench for the reason of brawling with the party leader, Kim Beazley. In 2001, when Simon Crean was elected as a new leader, Mark Latham reappeared in the shadow cabinet. In 2005, he retired from the politics and became a prominent political and social commentator.
Controversy about Mark Latham:-
After leaving the politics, Mark Latham started his own political chatshow ‘Outsiders’ in the Sky News but his strident comments resulted too much for Sky.
In 2017, another Sky News host, Kristina Keneally, recorded a formal complaint with the broadcaster against Mark Latham which was about she was attacked by him on air and Mark Latham called her a ‘Yankee Sheila’ and a ‘Protege of Eddie Obeid’.
Philip Lowe, the 15-year-old daughter of the Reserve Bank governor, was one of his latest victims as he called her a privileged child who didn’t care about the disadvantaged.
His outspoken comments proved too much for the broadcaster in which he said about women and schoolchildren in the media. Mark Latham’s commented on the 15-year-old schoolboy when he read out a comment made by a woman on his video which was made by him and his schoolmates, designed to raise awareness of gender issues. After viewing that video, Mark Latham commented “I thought he was gay. Well, yes, who wouldn’t think that?”. The senior politicians including Education Minister Simon Birmingham convicted his comments and Bill Shorten, the Labour leader, said that Mark Latham was a ‘sad bully’.
On 29th March 2017, Sky News had ended the contract and contribution with Mark Latham. On which, Angelos Frangopoulos, the chief executive and managing editor of Sky, commented “I have today advised Mark Latham that his contract has been terminated”. Many of Latham’s Sky News colleagues said privately they were satisfied with the ending of Mark Latham’s contract because the network’s reputation had been ruined by him.
Another controversy about Mark Latham was, he commented upon the concluded debate between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Labor leader Anthony Albanese, that comment was “Never trust an Abo with something as important as that”. Upon this, Darren Wick, the network’s Director of News and Current Affairs, commented, “The tweet from Mark Latham last night is a disgrace, racist and totally unacceptable”.