Mr Latham spoke to Sky News host Paul Murray about the influence of the Chinese Communist Party in Labor Party politics, and how often a lowly member of the parliamentary party would be targeted, but historically it worked.
“Picking somebody lowly in the system is not necessarily innocent if it gives you a chance to network upward,” he said.
“If at the end of it you buy a political party’s foreign policy, that is a definition of foreign political interference which should be seriously illegal in this country.
“Being innocent and lowly and hopeless is not a defence.”
Mr Latham said China’s attempts to politically interfere was never going to work, was never sustainable and “it’s backfired disastrously”.