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One Nation’s Mark Latham to face Sydney court

Mark Latham's matter involving an unpaid fine is due in Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court.

Mark Latham's matter involving an unpaid fine is due in Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court. Photo: AAP

A matter involving NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham and the state debt recovery office is due to come before a Sydney court.

The 62-year-old former federal opposition leader turned hard-right agitator will be called before registrar Tim Henderson in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Monday.

Mr Latham was allegedly detected using his mobile illegally while driving near a phone detection camera.

Meanwhile, the upper house MP is gearing up for a Federal Court battle after independent MP Alex Greenwich promised to file a defamation suit this week.

Mr Greenwich says he was defamed, made out to be a danger to children and subjected to repeated attacks based on his sexuality after Mr Latham posted a homophobic tweet in March.

Mr Latham, through lawyers, disputed his actions were defamatory.

While he deleted the tweet, he stood by the remark in a subsequent media interview.

Mr Greenwich’s lawyer said last week his client had experienced the damage of “very dangerous words” and was “constantly attacked” by people with prejudices towards the LGBTQI community and threats.

Mr Latham’s tweet led to condemnation across the political spectrum and a promise by the Labor government to refuse to deal with the One Nation leader.

Labor hasn’t ruled out negotiating with the party’s other two upper house MPs.

Mr Latham and Mr Greenwich have both referred each other to NSW Police alleging the other’s online posts may have breached online harassment laws.

-AAP

Topics: Mark Latham
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