…and splits, into three factions:
1) Australia First (AF) in New South Wales;
2) Australia First in rural Victoria;
3) The Australian Protectionist Party (APP) in South Australia.
Bad news for AF, great news for rightist trainspotters.
The first grouping, based in Sydney, remains under the leadership of James Saleam; the second, under the leadership of the (nominal) President of the Party (since 1997), Diane Teasdale, and a small number of others (Barry and Jeanette Woods). The third grouping, the APP, is under the leadership of Andrew Phillips, and claims representation in the ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.
The South Australian branch of Teasdale’s AF, being under the control of Phillips, has been lost to the APP. In the ACT, the APP has obtained the allegiance of a PO Box — and who knows, perhaps even the person who rents it — also previously belonging to the AF. In NSW, the APP has gained the support of Darrin Hodges / the Anglo-Australian National Community Council — a development which, given Hodges’ energy and enthusiasm for The Cause, will no doubt prove to be a great boon… that is, if Hodges is able to balance his commitment to the APP with that of his commitment to New Right. Best of all, in Queensland, the Party appears to have God on its side, its PO Box address belonging to the Reverend Jon Chandler of the ‘John Knox Presbyterian Church’ in Rockhampton.
Finally, closer to home, in Victoria the Protectionists have obtained a new PO Box, in the same outer-eastern suburb of Croydon as what was once, and may still be, the contact address for AF in Melbourne. Significantly, the APP also appear to have obtained control of (Manifest) Destiny, launched in August as an AF publication.
As for Saleam’s mob, they appear to retain strong influence in NSW, but only scattered support elsewhere. This is reflected in the fact that the Party has finally been registered with the AEC, not as a Federal Party, but in NSW. According to Herr Doktor, “The ‘Australia First (Council Elections) Party’ (to be known as Australia First Party on the ballot) has been registered in New South Wales under the Local Government Act (1993)… The Councils party has named the following officers: [Neil, ex-ONP] Baird, Registered Officer, N. Smith, Deputy Registered Officer, [James] Saleam, Secretary, [Terry, ex-ONP, AAFI] Cooksley, Agent.”
The usual suspects, in other words.
The only significant branch outside of Sydney, it’s unknown at this stage which way the Newcastle branch will jump. Given its close relationship to Stormfront — the moderator of the Down Under section is a member — and given Saleam’s recent apparent rapprochement with his colleagues in the United States, it’s possible the branch will remain loyal to Herr Doktor rather than join the APP.
Finally, after having purged the Party of unruly elements, President Teasdale appears to be left with the rump, and even that appears to have been split between herself and Saleam. On the other hand, word on the virtual street is that Teasdale may decide to put Campbell’s bastard-child out of its misery, and simply join with Pauline’s mob for the upcoming Federal election.
Oh, and in a sad note for trainspotters, the Patriotic Youth League (that is, the fifty-something John Drew) appears to have finally lost the struggle for survival altogether, its final hurrah — a website containing Drew’s thoughts on patriotism, ‘why soccer is not an ethnic sport’, and the importance of eating well, among other matters of significance to ‘nationalists’ — has disappeared into the ether. Obviously, a far cry from the heady days of December 2005, when Melbourne PYL spokesperson Luke Connors stated “Mate, I’m going to get brain cancer from having the mobile phone pressed to me ear all day and all night. Answering membership and media inquiries.”
What a meathead.