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Latham loses it.

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The Hon John Anderson MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport & Regional Services

Latham Loses It

A155/2004 21st October 2004

Mark Latham cannot help embarrassing himself.

Less than two weeks after a heavy election loss - off the back of the most incompetent campaign the western world has seen since Walter Mondale’s disastrous US presidential run of 1984 - Mr Latham has today unbelievably called on another party leader to stand down.

What I did say last month is The Nationals’ party room would have every entitlement to judge my performance as leader based on the election result. They did that, yesterday in Canberra.

The loss of Larry Anthony in Richmond is tragic, but I should point out to Mr Latham that the expected arrival of two new senators in Fiona Nash and Barnaby Joyce means The Nationals’ party room will be expanding in size. Thanks to The Nationals, the Coalition is set to hold a majority in the Senate.

Mr Latham’s press release today is both dishonest and desperate.

It is his turn tomorrow to front up to a smaller Labor party room. Already, his most senior frontbench colleagues are deserting him. Good luck Mr Latham.

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