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Whitlam’s Tribute To Mark Latham

Mark Latham resigned as leader of the ALP on January 18, 2005.

This is Gough Whitlam’s tribute to Latham.

Since his last days at school I have known Mark Latham as a person of outstanding character and capacity with a zest for public service.

As the Leader of the Australian Labor Party from February 1967 to December 1977 and the Member for Werriwa from November 1952 to July 1978 I am proud of Mark’s achievements in both positions I held.

It is tragic that his agonising ailment has prematurely ended his public career. Margaret and I shall always regard Mark and Janine and their children with great affection and admiration.