Former Labor MP to run for One Nation at the NSW election - but it won't be in her current seat
Tania Mihailuk has sat as an independent since quitting the ALP.
Independent MP Tania Mihailuk, who quit Labor in 2022, will run as a One Nation candidate at the NSW election in March.
Mihailuk has sat as an independent since she quit the ALP in October, saying it was not "ready to govern".
But instead of running in her own electorate of Bankstown, Ms Mihailuk will be running in the legislative council - behind sitting MP and state party leader Mark Latham on the ticket.
While Latham and fellow One Nation MLC Rod Roberts aren't up for re-election until 2027, the former plans to resign from parliament, have his seat filled via a casual vacancy, and then will run atop the party ticket at the March - which would boost the party's numbers from 2 to at least 3 if successful.
Confirming her decision, Mihailuk said she was opposed to "gender fluidity teaching in schools".
"One Nation isn’t afraid to focus on the issues that matter to families. An education system that focuses on the basics that matter to mums and dads: literacy, numeracy, the humanities, language and the arts – actual common sense skills that lead to jobs rather than left wing indoctrination."
"I am a strong believer in freedom of religion and the right to express your faith."
The move means One Nation will technically have an eighth representative in an Australian parliament, with the others being federal senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts, newly-elected Victorian MLC Rikkie-Lee Tyrrell, South Australian MLC Sarah Game, Queensland MP Stephen Andrew - plus Latham and Roberts in NSW.
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