Former Labor leader doesn’t give two hoots about domestic violence

ONCE a candidate for Prime Minister, controversial former Labor leader Mark Latham has again landed himself in hot water, over an expletive-filled appearance at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival.

No one was safe, not even current Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, as Latham unleashed during a question and answer forum led by ABC presenter Jonathon Green on Saturday.

He was ask to confirm whether he was behind a Twitter account used to attack prominent Australians, which came to light last week.


That’s when the ex-political leader turned hostile, calling Mr Green a “non-stop bagger and sneerer”.

He also took aim at transgender military official Cate McGregor and other high profile women, including Ms Batty, saying he was sick of the left feminist clique.

He also claimed people don’t give ‘two hoots’ about gay marriage, domestic violence, or recognising indigenous people in the Constitution.

Some members of the audience walked out while other clashed with Mr Latham.

Following the event, the Festival took to Twitter to apologise: “We’re disappointed in Mark Latham’s #MWF15 appearance today. Not the respectful conversation we value.”

Watch part of the outburst here. Warning, some content may cause offense.