Mark Latham defends homophobic slurs, says Pauline Hanson doesn’t understand ‘how straight men feel’

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Mark Latham’s repeated homophobic comments are not worthy of parliament, according to New South Wales Liberal leader Mark Speakman.

Latham on Thursday reiterated his offensive comments about homosexuality and Sydney MP Alex Greenwich suggested federal First Nations leader Pauline Hanson could not understand “how exactly men feel about this”.

The former Labor prime ministerial candidate is now leader of NSW One Nation, and was recently returned to the state’s upper house for an eight-year term. He claimed during an online radio interview on Thursday that Hanson had not made contact since her homophobic original comment about Greenwich a month ago, despite public assurances that she had.

“Pauline never hit me; I had no contact with her,” Latham told Chris Smith.

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

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He added: “She hasn’t contacted me and I’m not apologizing, so I’m not giving up on anything. I’m not apologizing or I have no support.”

At the time, Hanson posted a video on social media arguing that Latham should apologize to voters, saying she had tried to call him “a few times” to ask him to apologize.

“I want you to know that I do not obey them [the comments] and neither do my members of parliament or my party partners,” she said.

“I think they are disgraceful.”

Speakman criticized the latest remarks on Friday morning.

“Mark Latham’s comments were incomprehensible, and unbecoming of a member of parliament,” he said.

“He should have the courage to say he did the wrong thing and apologize.”

Speakman has not yet met Greenwich since Latham’s attacks on the high-profile independent MP began. It is understood that the two will have a meeting next week.

Latham’s original comments were made on Twitter shortly after the state election in response to an article in which independent MP Sydney Greenwich called him a “disgraceful person”. The article was about LGBTQ+ protesters being targeted outside an event Latham spoke at.

In response, Latham said “disgraceful?” and then proceeded to make unnecessary comments about sex. The Guardian chose not to publish the full comment, which drew criticism from across the political spectrum.

The tweet was deleted within three hours but Latham said Thursday that he stood by his comments regarding homosexual sex.

He claimed that his views reflected straight people.

Latham used the 20-minute interview to repeat his claims in graphic language.

Speaking after the first comments were made, Greenwich said he did not expect to still be dealing with homophobia but that the issue has come to a better resolution in terms of promoting LGBTQ+ rights in the state.

The state’s new premier, Chris Minns, labeled Latham a bigot after the initial comment.

“They are disgusting, disgusting comments,” he said.

He called on politicians to join in a “universal unequivocal condemnation” of comments like Latham’s that unleash “ghouls” on their recipients.

When contacted, Hanson declined to comment.

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