It ought to come as a surprise. The former leader of the Labor party and a protégé of Gough Whitlam announces he’s joining the ranks of Pauline Hanson‘s One Nation Party.
But as Mark Latham launched his bid for NSW parliament on Tuesday, barely anyone raised an eyebrow.
For in the almost 14 years since his 13-month reign as Opposition Leader (December 2003 to January 2005), Mark Latham’s roles as a political commentator, columnist and broadcaster unveiled an ire for political correctness and a talent for provoking outrage that made the move seem almost inevitable.
Today I am very proud to announce that @RealMarkLatham has joined @OneNationAus. Mark will be the party’s NSW state leader & will be running for the NSW legislative council at the next state election. I think it is safe to say the NSW election just got a lot more interesting. -PH pic.twitter.com/LjQutCnzej
— Pauline Hanson ???????? (@PaulineHansonOz) November 6, 2018
As Latham begins this bizarrely predictable next chapter, let’s take a look back at how we got here.