Harradine seeks to counter Latham blow to young idealists
Former Independent Tasmanian Catholic Senator Brian Harradine has come out of retirement to respond to suggestions from embittered former Labor Leader Mark Latham that there's no point in young people getting involved in politics to work for a better world.
The Catholic Weekly reports that he said Australia needs more idealistic young people in politics.
"I would encourage young people grounded in the truth with strong moral ethics to be active in politics and centres of power where decisions are made," Mr Harradine said in reponse the Latham advice that young Australians should avoid the "sick" world of politics.
Mr Harradine said Mr Latham's comments were made simply to take a "general swipe" at politics.
"Latham is just banging Labor," he said.
He said that instead of making attacks on his former colleagues and calling on young people to keep away from politics, Mr Latham should have encouraged the opposite.
"We need idealistic young Australians in politics to stand up for moral principles," Mr Harradine said. "Most of all, they must use their enthusiasm and moral fibre to help build a life affirming society."
Need for young idealists in politics - Harradine (Catholic Weekly 9/10/05)
Senate bids farewell to Harradine (CathNews 22/6/05)
Archbishop prays for Harradine recovery (CathNews 7/3/05)
Archbishop says Harradine a "tough act to follow" (CathNews 30/7/04)
Harradine looks to life beyond Senate (CathNews 19/4/04)
10 Oct 2005