ONE Nation recruit Mark Latham says the party is keen to field a candidate in Calare against sitting Nationals member Andrew Gee at the upcoming federal election.
Mr Latham, the NSW leader of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, was in Lithgow and Orange on Friday on his way to Parkes for the Elvis Festival.
“We’ll be looking for federal candidates as soon as the state poll ends,” he said.
“We’ll field some federal candidates and hopefully we’ll have someone for Calare.”
Mr Latham said the Nationals’ policies were a factor in his return to politics.
“In large part what has motivated me to take a renewed interest in politics and run for parliament was the atrocious greyhound ban,” he said.
“To try to close that industry down based on a faulty report and a knee-jerk decision was a disgrace.”
Mr Latham also called for policy changes on overseas immigration to rural areas.
“You can’t have migration just for the sake of it. There has to be a business case.
“If you can find migrants that accept the Australian way and want to invest in the community, build a business, employ people and fully integrate with the country way of life then, yeah sure.”
Mr Latham said One Nation would not field a candidate in Orange against sitting member Phil Donato at the NSW election.
“Out of respect for the achievement of the Shooters in winning this seat, we won’t be fielding a candidate in the lower house,” he said.
“So Phil Donato hopefully can be re-elected having won that byelection in such spectacular style.”
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