Pauline Hanson claims Mark Latham is doing ‘an excellent job’


One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and Mark Latham
Pauline Hanson and Mark Latham in 2018. Image: Nine

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has publicly backed Mark Latham, standing by her party’s New South Wales leader despite his homophobic tweet scandal.

In March, Latham lashed out at gay Sydney MP Alex Greenwich in a tweet so beyond the pale that even Pauline Hanson said she was “disgusted”.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald this week, Hanson said she was still disappointed by Latham’s conduct but “definitely” has confidence in him.

She claimed he was “doing an excellent job” representing her party in NSW.

“He’s got an eight-year term. So all I expect of Mark is to do the job that he’s been doing for the last four years and represent the people of NSW to the best of his ability and be that voice,” Hanson said.

“For the last four years representing the people of NSW, he’s done an excellent job raising issues, especially around education and transgender [issues].”

In the NSW Parliament, Mark Latham has has repeatedly targeted the transgender community.

In 2020 he pushed draft legislation that equality advocates slammed as Australia’s “most anti-LGBTQIA+ piece of legislation this century”.

Pauline Hanson said she’s only had “a brief conversation with Mark” since the tweet after the pair publicly disputed who’d contacted who.

“I have not had a meeting with the [One Nation] executive or the [NSW] members of parliament,” Hanson told the Herald.

“I’ll have a discussion with them behind closed doors and I’ll find out the answers as party leader.”

Hanson conceded Latham’s conduct was “inappropriate” but said “it is not up to me to apologise for him”.

Alex Greenwich took legal action against Mark Latham

Alex Greenwich has made a formal complaint to NSW Police and Anti-Discrimination NSW about Latham. The Sydney MP also initiated defamation proceedings against the NSW MP.

In April, Mark Latham resurfaced and made more crude homophobic comments about gay sex in an unbelievable radio interview.

He said he wouldn’t apologise and said he’s “not resigning from anything”.

“Pauline hasn’t rung me at any stage during this. I’ve had no contact from her whatsoever,” Latham said.

“I’m assuming that, as a woman, she doesn’t understand how straight men feel about this.”

Equality Australia’s Legal Director Ghassan Kassisieh earlier slammed Mark Latham.

“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’ve 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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2 Comments

  1. concerned
    17 May 2023
    Reply

    She would!

  2. W Bilham
    19 May 2023
    Reply

    He’s an evil thinking person , with his head stuck on the sand

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