Alex Greenwich takes legal action against Mark Latham


NSW MPs Mark Latham and Alex Greenwich
NSW MPs Mark Latham and Alex Greenwich. Image: ABC, Bloomberg

Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has complained to NSW Police and his state’s anti-discrimination watchdog over alleged gay vilification by One Nation NSW leader Mark Latham.

On March 30, Latham (above left) published a homophobic tweet aimed at the independent MP (above right) so beyond the pale even his party leader Pauline Hanson demanded Latham apologise.

Latham refused and later deleted the tweet, but Alex Greenwich, who is gay, has now taken legal action.

“Enough is enough,” the gay MP said.

“I’ve been openly gay in public life for 15 years and in parliament for over 10 years. Never have I experienced such a homophobic, sexualised attack that exposed me to contempt, ridicule and extreme abuse, based on my sexuality.”

Greenwich said he’s complained to the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW, accusing Latham of “homosexual vilification”.

Also, he’s called NSW Police, alleging Latham used a carriage service to menace, harass, or offend.

And Greenwich added unless Latham “apologises and makes amends” he’d also commence defamation proceedings against him.

NSW Police are investigating

Dowson Turco Lawyers and Dr Matt Collins AM KC are representing the independent Sydney MP.

Alex Greenwich says his lawyers will also approach Twitter “with respect to its provision of a platform that freely allows extreme homophobia, transphobia, racism and religious bigotry.”

“It’s 2023 and LGBTQIA+ Australians shouldn’t have to put up with abuse that targets our sexuality, character, or ability to do our jobs,” Greenwich said.

NSW Police also confirmed officers are investigating the matter.

“Officers attached to Surry Hills Police Area Command have commenced an investigation after receiving reports of online harassment directed at a 42-year-old man,” a spokesperson said.

“Inquiries are continuing.”

Mark Latham repeatedly refused to apologise

Mark Latham hasn’t responded to the legal action but has refused multiple times to apologise for the original tweet. He later made more comments about Alex Greenwich on social media and in an interview.

Equality Australia’s Legal Director Ghassan Kassisieh said Mark Latham should apologise.

“Mr Latham’s appalling comments are blatantly homophobic and unbecoming of anyone, let alone an elected official,” he said.

“It shouldn’t require legal action for a person to do the right thing, acknowledge the harm they have done and apologise.

“No-one should be targeted because of their sexuality or gender identity. This kind of behaviour has no place in Australian society today.”

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Jordan Hirst
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1 Comment

  1. 3 May 2023
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    like this guy and “the King” are sooooooo boring ima doing my radio show Saturday ahead of these events lol and ima not mentioning either of them “they can all go take a fuckin’ walk” to paraphrase Lou Reed.

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