Mark Latham dumped as NSW One Nation leader

Pauline Hanson has dumped Mark Latham as One Nation’s New South Wales leader in a decision he has described as “bizarre” and a “take over” of the state branch.

Senator Hanson, the party’s founder, wrote to members of the NSW state executive calling for the group to be disbanded, effectively calling an end to Mr Latham’s four-year stint at the helm.

A replacement executive had been put in place and the position of state leader was declared vacant, Senator Hanson’s office told AAP on Monday.

“Nobody has been sacked from the party as such,” the spokesman said.

The decision won’t affect Mr Latham’s position in NSW parliament, where he has an upper-house seat until 2031.

Mr Latham claimed he had been pushed out of the party in a decision made “without consultation or due process”.

“Senator Pauline Hanson used the national executive powers of One Nation to take over our NSW branch,” he wrote on Facebook.

“She has installed her own new State Executive with people from Queensland and Tasmania who did not lift a finger to help us during the March election campaign,” the firebrand MP added.

“The decision to try to abolish the position of NSW One Nation parliamentary leader is bizarre, mirroring something the Greens do in the NSW Parliament.”

Mr Latham was the face of the party’s state election campaign in March after resigning from the seat he won in 2019 for an attempt to win the party another two positions.

But the party did not reach the heights of 2019, with its vote falling one percentage point to 5.9 per cent of the upper house vote.

That was enough to elect Mr Latham but not a second MP.

Mr Latham and Senator Hanson fell out following the NSW politician’s homophobic slur towards fellow state parliamentarian, independent Alex Greenwich.

“I want you to know I don’t condone them (Mr Latham’s words) and neither do my members of parliament or party associates,” she told supporters in March.

Mr Latham has been contacted for comment.

– with AAP

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