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Mark Latham put to the test by Caucus

AM - Thursday, 25 November , 2004 08:12:00

Reporter: Nick Grimm

ELEANOR HALL: Tasmanian Senator, Kerry O'Brien, was one of Mr Latham's supporters in the leadership
vote last year. But the Labor frontbencher has told AM's Nick Grimm that Mark Latham now has to
prove to his Labor colleagues that he's still the best person to lead the party.

KERRY O'BRIEN: Mark will be leading the Labor to the next election on the basis that he proves to
the Caucus that he's the person that can lead us to victory.

NICK GRIMM: Are you confident he can do that?

KERRY O'BRIEN: Well, I think it's five minutes after the event. I think the Labor Party is going
the processes of examining our future and I think the likelihood is that he will.

But he does have to convince all of the Caucus that we're in the strongest position under his
leadership. He's made some statements which I think will help people make that decision. We're
still working down that path.

NICK GRIMM: Are there any other obvious contenders for the job, though?

KERRY O'BRIEN: Oh, there are always plenty of people with that leader's baton in their knapsack and
I'm not going to speculate about what might be totally hypothetical. At this stage, Mark's our
leader.

At this stage we're working through the consequences of the loss. And at the end of the day, we're
going to make decisions as a Caucus, which will be about making Labor a real option at the next
election.

ELEANOR HALL: Labor's Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Local Government and Territories,
Senator Kerry O'Brien speaking to Nick Grimm.

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