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‘We’ve had discussions’: David Leyonhjelm talks on Mark Latham’s potential political return

Luke Grant

A political comeback could be on the horizon for former Labor Leader Mark Latham.

Four separate parties have approached Latham,  hoping to recruit him into their party ranks.

But in recent days, rumors have suggested that the Liberal Democrats is where Latham’s career trajectory may relaunch.

“We’ve had discussions with Mark about him running as a candidate for the Liberal Democrats,” says Liberal Democrat’s Senator David Leyonhjelm.

“It hasn’t got to the point where there is a definite plan. It could be at the NSW election at the end of March or it could be the federal election, wherever that is. It could be lower house or it could be upper house.”

“It’s still pretty open. It’s difficult for us to nail down because Mark himself has been thinking about whether he really wants to be back in politics.”

Leyonhjelm also hinted he may be looking to wind down his political career, with the demands of political life proving “pretty intense” for the civil libertarian.

“It’s not a lot of fun actually. It’s very full on.”

“I’ve always been a fairly reluctant politician. What I’m trying to do is find several of my replacements. If I can find one, two or three replacements to take over the cause and do the jobs that I’m doing, then I’ll be a happy chap and I’ll leave them to it.”

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Luke Grant