The man who once led the Labor Party to an election, Mark Latham, has announced a return to politics and will run for NSW Parliament for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party.
Warning “men” and “white people” are being discriminated against, Mr Latham confirmed on Wednesday he would run for the NSW Legislative Council.
He billed his political comeback to broadcaster Alan Jones as a “fight for civilisational values”.
“This is a fight for our civilisational values. Free speech, merit selection, resilience, love of the country all of them under siege from the Left,” he told Mr Jones on 2GB radio.
“So it’s a big fight, as we say every week, I’m at a position and a stage in life where I just can’t stand on the sideline talking about I want to get stuck in as a legislator and as a Parliamentarian.”
Ms Hanson said she was excited that Mr Latham was taking a leadership role.
“I intend to take it up to them in the Federal and Mark will take it up to them in the state and let’s get this country moving,” she said
Mr Latham, a political pensioner, 57, will draw a taxpayer-funded stipend for life, because he secured his superannuation under the old scheme before he pressured John Howard into axing the arrangements for future MPs.
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“The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday that Mr Latham would “take on a leadership role as head of One Nation in NSW – he will not be on the Senate ticket”.
Senator Hanson’s chief of staff James Ashby recently left the door open to Mr Latham becoming a future leader of the party, but his observations were subsequently hosed down by Ms Hanson.
In July, he joined Pauline Hanson’s campaign for the Queensland seat of Longman with a robocall urging voters to retaliate against the Labor Party.
Labor retained the seat, but One Nation scored 16 per cent of first-preference votes in the seat – a big rise from 9.4 per cent in 2016 that hit the Liberal Party candidate’s primary vote.
After leading the Labor Party to a crushing defeat in 2004, Mr Latham shaved his head before appearing in a suburban park to announce he was quitting Parliament and politics.
He also published The Latham Diaries, a scathing memoir where he described the respected former Labor leader Kim Beazley as “a dirty dog” who is “not fit to clean the toilets at Parliament House”.
In the book, he described former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in the book as “a fanatical media networker” claiming he was “addicted to it, worse than heroin”.
The former MP joined Sky News’ Outsiders program in 2016, before he was sacked after calling students at Sydney Boys’ High “dickheads” and speculating that he thought one teenager “was gay”.
Previously, he was sacked by The Financial Review, after it was revealed he had used Twitter to abuse domestic violence campaigner and 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty.
Mr Jones and Mr Latham wrote a cookbook together, Conversations in the Kitchen, a no-frills cookbook for men described by The Sydney Morning Herald as “Women’s Weekly for men’s rights activists”.