A seat in NSW Upper House requires above the 4.5% quota. Mark Latham scored an assuring 5.85%. That should have both Labor and the Coalition worried about One Nation’s performance in the federal elections expected in May, particularly in Queensland where they are making ground.
Former federal Labor leader Mark Latham will make a return to politics as a One Nation MP in the NSW upper house, with a small possibility the party could win a second seat. One Nation had already received enough votes to secure Mr Latham an eight-year term in the NSW Legislative Council with counting expected to continue for more than a week. Psephologist Kevin Bonham said with half of all primary votes for the upper house counted, Mr Latham had received more than a quota.