Mark Latham’s announcement today that he is to lead One Nation to the next NSW election in March, and to seek a seat in the Upper House, reeks as the next stage in the “Trumpification” of the fringes of Australian politics.
Faruqi, a former editor of pop culture site Junkee and a former Greens candidate, launched his libel action last year after the former leader of the Labor party accused him of “aiding and abetting Islamic terrorism” and fostering “anti-white racism in Australia”.
But Justice Michael Wigney on Thursday rejected Latham’s 76-page defence and ordered him to “start from scratch” in trying to justify comments about Faruqi in a video on the Outsiders TV program last year called “The Rise of Anti-White Racism and Terrorist Plots in Australia”.
Sky News has apologised “unreservedly” to broadcaster Wendy Harmer and its own employee Kristina Keneally after Mark Latham made on-air claims about both women.
The Nine Network has commissioned a 12-episode run of former Labor leader Mark Latham saying ‘shit’, ‘fuck’, ‘poo’, and ‘wee’ repeatedly for half an hour.
The edgy new program will explore the hot-button issues facing Australians, cleverly distilled into a series of swear words.
A producer for the new show said it would be fiery and unpredictable. “Sometimes he’ll say shit then fuck. At other times it will be fuck then shit. It’s going to be edge of the seat stuff”.