Mark Latham’s appearances at this week’s Queensland Book Week celebrations have been cancelled.
The former Labor leader, who has famously championed reading to children, was set to appear at a string of Brisbane schools, reading his favourite extracts from the Captain Underpants series.
But after Latham’s foul-mouthed tirade at the Melbourne Writers Festival, the Department of Education and Training has asked that schools find an alternative speaker.
According to one Brisbane principal, the possibility of Mark Latham verbally attacking a roomful of Year Ones was too big a risk for his school to take.
“Don’t get me wrong. Mark Latham is a drawcard and a lot cheaper than most guest authors.”
“But it’s pretty clear Mark Latham doesn’t like being asked silly questions.”
“I’d hate to think what would have happened when one of our students asked him what his favourite colour was or if he had a girlfriend.”
Rugby league legend Darren Lockyer will step in as a replacement for Latham and will read to children from his autobiography, called Autobiography.
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