June 30, 2004


Former free trader Mark Latham, who junked his previous views in exchange for a chance to lose the next election, is still holding out on offering any support for the US-Australian free trade deal:

Prime Minister John Howard says Federal Opposition leader Mark Latham should support Australia's free trade deal with the United States now that the US's Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry, has backed it.

Mr Howard has welcomed Senator Kerry's decision.

"We now have both sides of politics in the United States backing this agreement," he said.

"Isn't it a pity we don't have both sides of politics in Australia showing the same level of bipartisanship.

"Now that Mr Kerry has come on board, perhaps the Labor Party will finally get off the fence and finally take a decision in the Australian national interest."

Posted by Tim Blair at June 30, 2004 07:10 PM

Don't hold your breath Johnny. Latham is still dribling on about "troops home by Christmas" bullshit. Anything that can fuck Australia's place in the world, old Lithium is all for it. The man is a fair dinkum, certifiable lunatic.

Posted by: Dog at July 1, 2004 at 12:18 AM

Hey Dog - how I come over there and break your arm mate?

Youre nuthin but a F#$%ing D@#$wad and a m*&%#$f&^$er son of b*&^$ !!

Posted by: Latho at July 1, 2004 at 01:37 PM

I noticed Latham on tele this morning claiming a victory on his troops home by xmas policy coz apparently Gen. P. Cosgrove hinted at private security in Iraq.

Although the news only gave a portion Cosgrove's statement, not in his words I might add, I would like to hear the full account of his opinion. I would hazard a guess he means in the future after Australia's military commitment is complete.

As for Latham supporting the FTA. I doubt he's got around to having someone read it to him, after all, he still hasn't been to consult with DFAT on our commitment in Iraq.

Heads up Latham, even your mate Paul Bongiorno reckons Howard is gaining momentum in the polls leading up to the election. He reckons you're dead in the water, particularly over the lack of support for the FTA.

P.S. Vote 1 Todd McKenzie for the seat of Lilly

Posted by: scott at July 1, 2004 at 04:30 PM