Academic journal article Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

Hook, Line And

Academic journal article Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

Hook, Line And

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Mark Latham's uncompromising stance on Labor's future has put some colleagues' noses out of joint, but the would-be leader is sticking to his guns

THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN APRIL 4-5, 1998

Born in Green Valley in Sydney's west, to parents who had both left school in their early teens, Latham has seen the muscle jobs in his area disappear. But his solution, when he became mayor of Liverpool at the age of 30, was not to try to create more. Instead, he cut council jobs to find the money to build a new library.

"I know people said [I] was forcing changes that the workers didn't want, but what about the kids left sitting on the floor without a desk at the local library," he says. "My prime motivation in politics is to try [to] help those people in those suburbs."

The remaining workers benefited, he says, even winning contracts in neighbouring councils.

"Some of the workers said: `This is good. We are not leaning on our shovels and having shit poured on us in the local media. We are in there being competitive.'"

THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN MARCH 14-15, 1998

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