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One Nation MP Rod Roberts backs Mark Latham as party leader after saying gay sex is ‘disgusting’

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Mark Latham is still the right man to lead One Nation in the New South Wales parliament despite his attacks on gay people, according to one of his party colleagues.

Rod Roberts, who sits in the Upper House with Mr Latham, said his leader had the right to express opinions and no one was forced to agree with him.

This is despite Federal Party Leader Pauline Hanson calling some of Mr Latham’s comments disgusting.

“I have no problem with his leadership,” Mr Roberts told Daily Mail Australia. “He is entitled to his opinion and it is his opinion. We live in a free society.

“Now you don’t have to agree with what he says, but like everyone else he has the right to express an opinion.”

NSW Police confirmed on Monday that an investigation had been opened into a rude tweet Mr Latham directed at independent gay MP Alex Greenwich.

Mark Latham is still the right man to lead One Nation in the New South Wales parliament despite his attacks on gay people, according to one of his party colleagues.  Mr Latham is pictured with Federal One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson

Mark Latham is still the right man to lead One Nation in the New South Wales parliament despite his attacks on gay people, according to one of his party colleagues. Mr Latham is pictured with Federal One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson

Last week Mr Latham said the thought of two men having sex was so ‘disgusting’ to a straight man it made him want to ‘vomit’.

“The basic natural reality is that we’re not going to have sex with guys and that’s puke-worthy,” he told the radio on April 27.

Mr Latham revealed his views on gay acts further when asked to explain a vulgar tweet he posted in March about Mr Greenwich.

Mr Greenwich had called Mr Latham a ‘disgusting human being’ for giving a speech at St Michaels Church in Belfield, Sydney’s south-west on March 21 as Christians clashed with the outdoors with LGBTQI activists.

‘Disgusting?’ Mr Latham responded on Twitter. ‘How does that compare with sticking your d*** up a guy’s ass and covering it in s***?’

Mr Latham, who refused to apologize for the tweet, appeared on Chris Smith’s TNT Radio show last Thursday and went even further.

“I speak for a lot of straight men, Chris, saying the thought of having anal sex with another man would make you vomit,” he said. “That’s what makes us straight.

“Now I know there is no category or letter in the LGBT ABC WTF alphabet for straight men, but that’s what we honestly think of people like Greenwich.”

Mr Latham revealed his views on gay acts further when asked to explain a vulgar tweet he posted in March about gay Independent MP Alex Greenwich (above)

Mr Latham revealed his views on gay acts further when asked to explain a vulgar tweet he posted in March about gay Independent MP Alex Greenwich (above)

Mr Latham revealed his views on gay acts further when asked to explain a vulgar tweet he posted in March about gay Independent MP Alex Greenwich (above)

On Monday, Mr Greenwich announced he would sue Mr Latham for libel and had lodged complaints with NSW Police and Anti-Discrimination NSW for libel.

Mr Greenwich called the March 30 tweet “libelous and homophobic”.

“He followed that up with media comments that doubled down on his offense,” he said on Monday.

NSW Police have confirmed that officers attached to Surry Hills Area Command have “opened an investigation after receiving reports of online harassment directed at a 42-year-old man”.

“Investigations are continuing,” a spokeswoman said.

Anti-Discrimination NSW declined to comment due to the confidentiality provisions of the Anti-Discrimination Act.

Daily Mail Australia spoke to Mr Roberts, a former detective sergeant who joined Parliament in 2019, before Mr Greenwich revealed he would be taking legal action against Mr Latham.

“People need to get a broader picture of Latham and not just focus on these comments, but take a look at his political reform efforts over the past four years he’s been here in state parliament,” did he declare.

“He continues to do a good job. Just because some people take offense to what he said doesn’t take away from his ability as a policy advocate in New South Wales.

Mr Roberts said ‘there’s a lot of people in this world doing shit that I don’t agree with but I’m not going on about it’.

“It’s like being in this parliament,” he said. “I have to sit next to the Greens and listen to some of the rubbish they go on with. I don’t agree with that, but they have a right to be here.

And it’s like Latham. He has the right to say what he thinks. Now you don’t have to agree with that.

Rod Roberts (right), who sits in the Upper House with Mr Latham (left), said his leader had the right to express his views and no one was forced to agree with him .

Rod Roberts (right), who sits in the Upper House with Mr Latham (left), said his leader had the right to express his views and no one was forced to agree with him .

Rod Roberts (right), who sits in the Upper House with Mr Latham (left), said his leader had the right to express his views and no one was forced to agree with him . ‘I have no problem with his leadership,’ Mr Roberts told Daily Mail Australia

“You might think that maybe the language is vulgar and he should have chosen a different language, but that’s how he chose to express himself and everyone has the right to be able to express themselves. “

When Smith asked Mr Latham if he would use the same foul language in the tweet if he had his time again, he replied: ‘Well that’s code for anal sex between guys’.

“I can tell you, Chris, if someone put a gun to my head and said I had to have anal sex with a guy, I would throw up. I would vomit all over him. And I speak for straight men and that’s what makes us straight.

Two days after his initial outburst on social media, Mr Latham explained his refusal to apologize for the now-deleted tweet.

“Sometimes in public life when you throw insults, they come back to you louder and more true… So boo-hoo Alex Greenwich,” he said.

On Monday, Mr Greenwich said: ‘Enough is enough.’

“I have been openly gay in public life for 15 years and in the NSW Parliament for over 10 years, and I have never suffered such a homophobic and sexualized attack that has exposed me to contempt, ridicule and extreme abuse , based on my sexuality.”

On Monday, Mr Greenwich announced he would sue Mr Latham for defamation and had lodged complaints with the NSW and NSW Anti-Discrimination Police.  Mr Greenwich is pictured left with his husband Victor Hoeld

On Monday, Mr Greenwich announced he would sue Mr Latham for defamation and had lodged complaints with the NSW and NSW Anti-Discrimination Police.  Mr Greenwich is pictured left with his husband Victor Hoeld

On Monday, Mr Greenwich announced he would sue Mr Latham for defamation and had lodged complaints with the NSW and NSW Anti-Discrimination Police. Mr Greenwich is pictured left with his husband Victor Hoeld

One Nation founder Ms Hanson did not respond to requests for comment on Mr Latham’s latest remarks on homosexuality.

Ms Hanson previously urged Mr Latham to apologize for the ‘disgusting’ tweet and said her party did not condone his comments.

“I want you to know that I don’t condone them and neither do my MPs or party associates. I think they are disgusting,” she said.

“I tried to call Mark several times, to no avail. And I clearly texted him, letting him know my views.

“I asked him to apologize to people. I’ll leave it at that. Now it’s up to Mark to respond to the people.

Mr Latham again refused to apologize during his interview with Smith and said Ms Hanson had not contacted him.

“Pauline didn’t call me at any time during all of this,” Mr Latham told Smith. I had no contact with her.

“I guess as a woman she doesn’t understand how straight men feel about this and… gay men obviously wouldn’t understand how straight men feel about this, but it’s true.

“The basic natural reality is that we don’t go for anal sex with guys and that’s puke-worthy.”

NSW Premier Chris Minns called Mr Latham’s tweet “vile” and said on April 2 he would try to stop him from chairing committees.

Mr Latham responded to that call, telling Daily Mail Australia he was ‘not running for any’ position as committee chair and describing Mr Minns as ‘a fool’.

NSW Premier Chis Minns (pictured) called Mr Latham’s tweet ‘vile’ and said his government would try to stop him chairing committees in the upper house of parliament of New South Wales.

Last Thursday, Mr Latham told Smith his tweet had been justified by Mr Greenwich suggesting he had encouraged violence at the LGBTQI rally.

“Greenwich went over there and said I was a dangerous person,” he said. “Said I incited violence, said I was a disgusting human being.”

“Greenwich went way beyond fact free and I said what I honestly believe to be the truth in response to him. I gave my opinion.

“It’s not a fashionable opinion, obviously. It was crudely worded. The rude words have been removed from Twitter, but there will be no apologies for Greenwich.

Asked what he would do if Ms Hanson demanded that he resign from his party, Mr Latham replied: ‘Well she hasn’t contacted me and I don’t apologise’.

“So I’m not resigning from anything. I’m not apologizing and I’m not backing down.

Mr Greenwich previously said Mr Latham’s tweet made him cry.

“It was obviously hurtful for me. I cried a bit late yesterday at the end of the day,’ he said on March 31.

“After being at that gig for a decade and being re-elected, I didn’t think I would be a victim of homophobic abuse again.”

However, at the time, Mr Greenwich refused to call on Mr Latham to apologize or resign.

“I don’t want to give him another soapbox to pose as a victim when he seeks to victimize people,” he said.

One Nation will have three representatives – Mr Latham, Mr Roberts and former Labor MP Tania Mihailuk – in the upper house when parliament resumes.

Firebrand politician Mark Latham said the mere thought of two men having sex was so

Firebrand politician Mark Latham said the mere thought of two men having sex was so

Firebrand politician Mark Latham said the mere thought of two men having sex was so ‘disgusting’ to a heterosexual man it made him want to vomit

Origin: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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