One Nation Leader Mark Latham Ousted After Pauline Hanson’s Intervention

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In a surprising turn of events, Mark Latham has been removed from his position as the leader of One Nation in New South Wales following an intervention by the party’s federal leader, Pauline Hanson. 

Hanson’s decision cited the party’s failure to meet expectations during the recent March election as a key reason for the leadership change. A senior party official revealed that Latham’s relationship with the media affected his removal.

Latham, a former federal Labor leader, responded with a lengthy statement on Facebook, expressing his disappointment with Hanson’s decision and emphasising that it was made without proper consultation or due process. 

“She has installed her new state executive with people from Queensland and Tasmania,” Latham said. “Good party members who worked exceptionally hard for One Nation have been kicked off the executive.”

The change in leadership has left One Nation without an official leader in the NSW parliament, where the party holds three upper house seats. Despite Latham’s claims that the move was not about performance, Hanson’s actions are seen as an effort to reevaluate the party’s strategy and improve its standing in future elections.

“The new executive’s priority is a comprehensive review of the party’s organisation ahead of future election campaigns, with a focus on the relationship between the organisation and parliamentary wings of the party and the performance of the parliamentary wing,” a spokesperson of Hanson said.

Latham’s removal comes amid ongoing controversies, including a defamation lawsuit brought against him by fellow parliamentarian Alex Greenwich. Latham’s legal team is gearing up to defend him by arguing that his comments were an “honest opinion” and related to matters of public interest.As One Nation navigates these changes, political observers are watching closely to see how the party’s fortunes will unfold under Hanson’s temporary leadership and what implications this move might have on its future electoral prospects.

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