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LATHAM, Mark WilliamBiography for LATHAM, Mark William

Member for Werriwa (NSW)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Werriwa, New South Wales at by-election 1994, vice Hon. J Kerin (resigned). Re-elected 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004. Resigned 21.1.2005.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Native Title from 10.5.1994 to 29.3.1995; Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 29.3.1995 to 29.1.1996; Corporations and Securities from 18.6.1996 to 19.6.1997.

House of Representatives Standing: Banking, Finance and Public Administration from 9.2.1994 to 29.1.1996; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 9.2.1994 to 29.1.1996; Financial Institutions and Public Administration from 29.5.1996 to 31.8.1998; Employment, Education and Training from 19.6.1997 to 31.8.1998; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 8.12.1998 to 11.12.2002.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Institutions and bilateral visit to Spain, September-October 1995

Commonwealth Parliamentary Visit, UK, May 1999

Study tour, India, Europe and the Middle East, January 2001

Study tour, UK, September 2002

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam and Indonesia, September 2002

Study tour, UK, February-March 2003

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, February 2004

Official visits to New Zealand, April 2004

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Minister for Competition Policy and Local Government from 20.3.1996 to 27.3.1997.

Assistant to the Shadow Treasurer from 20.3.1996 to 27.3.1997.

Shadow Minister for Education and Youth Affairs from 27.3.1997 to 19.10.1998.

Shadow Assistant Treasurer from 25.11.2001 to 23.8.2002.

Shadow Minister for Urban and Regional Development from 25.11.2001 to 23.8.2002.

Shadow Minister for Economic Ownership from 25.11.2001 to 23.8.2002

Shadow Minister for Economic Ownership, Housing and Urban Development and Community Security from 23.8.2002 to 2.7.2003.

Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 16.6.2003 to 8.12.2003.

Shadow Treasurer from 2.7.2003 to 8.12.2003.

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party from 2.12.2003 to 18.1.2005.

Leader of the Opposition from 2.12.2003 to 18.1.2005.

Party Positions

Member of the Australian Labor Party from 1979.


Born 28.2.1961, Sydney, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BEc(Hons) (University of Sydney)


Research assistant and consultant

Local Government Service

Councillor, Liverpool City Council from 1987 to 1994.

Mayor, Liverpool City Council from 1991 to 1994.


Reviving Labor's Agenda: a program for local reform, Pluto Press, Leichhardt, NSW: 1990

Social capital: the individual, civil society and the state (co-author), Centre for Independent Studies, St Leonards, NSW: 1997

Civilising global capital: new thinking for Australian Labor, Allen and Unwin, St Leonards, NSW: 1998

What did you learn today?: creating an education revolution, Allen and Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW: 2001

The enabling state: putting people before democracy, Pluto Press, Sydney, NSW: 2001


Description: Werriwa

Location: outer south-western Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Ashcroft, Austral, Badgerys Creek, Bardia, Bonnyrigg Heights, Bringelly, Cartwright, Casula, Cecil Hills, Cecil Park, Denham Court, Edmondson Park, Elizabeth Hills, Glenfield, Green Valley, Heckenberg, Hinchinbrook, Horningsea Park, Hoxton Park, Long Point, Lurnea, Macquarie Fields, Macquarie Links, Prestons and West Hoxton.

Area: 172 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 108,557 (at 2.7.2016)

Industries: manufacturing, retail, health care services and industries