Australian Protectionist Party, Australia First Party, and the future of White nationalism

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The minor outbursts of youthful over-exuberance on Australia/Invasion/Survival Day has elicited concern on the part of many, but also excitement on the part of local White nationalists.

The two principal, party-political protagonists of White nationalism in Australia are the Australia First Party (NSW), under the leadership of Dr. James Saleam, and the Australian Protectionist Party, under the nominal leadership of Andrew Phillip (its National Chairman), but having as its chief spokesperson Darrin Hodges (NSW state chairman, and a former member of AF).

At present, while AF is registered in NSW, neither party has Federal registration; both have launched campaigns to obtain it. Whether one or both succeed is open to question. Thus AF was initially registered in 1996 by former ALP hack Graeme Campbell; it was de-registered in 2004. Saleam has declared the goal of 500 members within reach on a number of occasions, most recently in December 2008. The real level of support for the party — which is really a measure of support for Saleam himself — is at this stage perhaps no more than a few hundred, mostly in NSW, principally in Sydney, but also in Newcastle, where real estate agent Nathan Clarke does his best to keep the town a Jew-free zone.

Outside of NSW, the party has a tiny presence in Queensland — where its two chief spokesmen are a neo-Nazi from Toowoomba named Jim Perren, and a tennis-playing bachelor called John Drew in Brisbane (who also doubles as the Patriotic Youth League: “I may be too old to be a youth but I am very fit and an excellent tennis player”) — and also some support from a phone box in Croydon (Victoria).

As for APP, it appears to have fared a good deal better following the split in AF that produced the party (September 2007), although it has yet to reach the dizzying heights of popularity among the far right that AF has. In an attempt to hurry along the process of registration, on Invasion Day the party offered “free membership (no tabouli)”. How many accept the offer remains to be seen; certainly, there is some small degree of excitement on Stormfront Down Under.

“Why should patriots help APP? The Protectionist Party is the ONLY patriotic party to have an official policy of offering financial incentives to encourage Third World migrants to return home. Without this, Australia will become overwhelmingly an Asian country” quotes ‘Aussie13’. TrueDiversity1488 (14 = the 14 words of dead neo-Nazi David Lane, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White children.” / 88 = HH = Heil Hitler) and ‘AryanQueen2000’, “a member of APP since the beginning” are also excited.

    At the time of his death, Lane (November 2, 1938 – May 28, 2007) was serving consecutive sentences totalling 190 years for racketeering (20 years), conspiracy (20 years) and violation of the civil rights of radio talk show host Alan Berg on June 18, 1984 (150 years). Berg was shot and killed in the driveway of his Denver home by three members of The Order.

Less excited is ‘Hobbit’, a supporter of AF. Unfortunately for Hobbit, and other critics of APP, while Saleam’s rants about the Jewish-sponsored ASIO campaign against AF are tolerated, criticisms of APP are considered to be strictly verboten by Perth-based moderator Paul Innes, and hence removed from public circulation. The same applies to criticism of Volksfront Australia, a new project being spearheaded by Douglas Schott (of neo-Nazi reich ‘n’ roll band Blood Red Eagle) in Newcastle and Welf Herfurth in Sydney. Poodle38, a supporter of the rival bonehead gangs Blood & Honour and the (Southern Cross) Hammerskins, whinged online about the new group, accusing Douglas of being a short-arsed loudmouth and Welf of loving “slopes” and cheating on his wife. Naturally, the moderator had to yank Poodle38’s chain, and little has been heard from him since he returned to his kennel.

Welf himself has his fingers in a number of different racist and fascist pies. Having previously been a member of the NPD, the Democrats, and One Nation, in addition to Volksfront, Welf is currently the leader of both the New Right (Australia and er, New Zealand), the National Anarchists, and is a close comrade of James Saleam, the terrible twosome overseeing the running of the annual Sydney Forum. This close association, and Welf’s more general dalliances with nutzis, did not prevent NSW state chairman of APP, Darrin Hodges, from joining the fascist ‘black bloc’ in Sydney in September 2007, where he and a few dozen like-minded unidentified flying racists gathered behind the banner of the New Right and the ‘national anarchists’.

Like Volksfront Australia, the fascists claiming to be anarchists have been criticised by their fellow racists, typically on the basis of their political incoherency (see: The New Right, “national anarchism”, and A White Australia, Monday, April 21, 2008). This may explain why, at this stage, Welf has only managed to recruit a handful of racist teenage refugees from Stormfront. Certainly, Darrin has not chosen to flog his very special brand of anarchism while promoting the APP.

In the final analysis, there is little doubt that Saleam will be remembered — along with his good mate Jack Van Tongeren — as being one of the hardest-working non-Whites to espouse a return to White Australia. Two of his most recent hare-brained schemes include protesting at the Coroner’s inquest into Tyler Cassidy’s death and pledging his support for any teens charged by Manly police for their racist shenanigans on January 26. In this context, Herr Doktor also asks: “What’s next: will some political time server Superintendent ‘do a Tyler Cassidy‘ and allow Australian youth to be unlawfully killed?”

Possibly. Or possibly Jim should treat himself to A Cup Of Tea, A Bex and A Good Lie Down.

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61 Responses to Australian Protectionist Party, Australia First Party, and the future of White nationalism

  1. Darrin Hodges says:

    Monkey Chops, go read up on the 1936 Spanish civil war for the practical application of anarchy in real life situations. One anarchist “leader” was somehow accidentally and mysteriously shot dead at close range whilst “encouraging” his men to run toward the front rather [than away] from it. Tragic.

  2. @ndy says:

    Monkey Chops,

    I take it from your silence that my point — or rather points 1 to 5 — has been made.

    Regarding Irian Jaya / West Papua:

    The context, obviously, is your praise for KRudd’s proposal to establish closer ties with other governments in the Asia-Pacific region, perhaps by way of the creation of a formal ‘Asia-Pacific Union’ along the lines of the European Union (and even, perhaps — why not? — an Asia-Pacific Parliament).

    Thus:

    Kevin Rudd to drive Asian union
    Matthew Franklin
    The Australian
    June 5, 2008

    KEVIN Rudd wants to spearhead the creation of an Asia-Pacific Union similar to the European Union by 2020 and has appointed veteran diplomat Richard Woolcott – one of his mentors – as a special envoy to lobby regional leaders over the body.

    The Prime Minister said last night that the union, adding India to the 21-member APEC grouping, would encompass a regional free-trade agreement and provide a crucial venue for co-operation on issues such as terrorism and long-term energy and resource security…

    “We need to have a vision for an Asia-Pacific community, a vision that embraces a regional institution, which spans the entire Asia-Pacific region – including the United States, Japan, China, India, Indonesia and the other states of the region,” said the Prime Minister…

    As far as I can gather — and the leaders of other governments in the region have given no indication otherwise; in fact, quite the opposite — KRudd’s proposal is more-or-less dead in the water.

    See also : Keating blast for Rudd’s Asia union, Tim Colebatch, Canberra, Mark Forbes, Jakarta, and Mary-Anne Toy, Beijing, The Age, June 6, 2008 and Dreaming of an Asian EU, Binoy Kampmark, The Diplomat, August 1, 2008.

    “Strong institutions will underpin an open, peaceful, stable, prosperous and sustainable region” reckons KRudd.

    KRudd added that his Government’s foreign policy was based on three pillars: its relationship with the US; its links with the UN; and “comprehensive engagement with Asia”.

    In terms of ALP policy on West Papua (Irian Jaya), it is indistinguishable from that of the Tories. That is, both parties recognise the legitimacy of the Indonesian state’s claims to administer the territory. This remarkable example of bipartisanship was also the case in relation to East Timor.

    Labor notes the improvements in relation to the political infrastructure developments between West Papua and other parts of Indonesia. Labor strongly supports the Special Autonomy Act of 2001 for West Papua and supports a solution similar to that implemented in Aceh, including full implementation of the Special Autonomy Act of 2001. Labor urges the acceptance of freedom of movement and access by non government organisations and journalists to enhance openness and transparency as the Special Autonomy laws are progressively implemented.

    On the very special notion of Autonomy, see:

    WEST PAPUA: This is why West Papuans reject Special Autonomy demand a Referendum, FREE WEST PAPUA CAMPAIGN (UK), Apr 2, 2008.

    Richard Woolcott, incidentally, in addition to being one of KRudd’s mentors, is a former Ambassador to Jakarta.

    [John] Pilger describes how in August 1975, Ambassador to Jakarta Richard Woolcott advised in secret cables that Australia take “a pragmatic rather than a principled stand” with regard to the forthcoming invasion because “that is what national interest and foreign policy is all about.” Along with the ritual reference to “the Australian defence interest,” Woolcott suggested that a favourable treaty on the Timor Gap “could be much more readily negotiated with Indonesia . . . than with Portugal or independent Portuguese Timor.” He recommended a preference for “Kissingerian realism” over “Wilsonian idealism” – a distinction that can perhaps be detected in actual practice, with a powerful enough microscope.

    The reasons for support for Indonesia’s crimes went well beyond oil and “defence interests”, including control of a deep-water passage for nuclear submarines. Indonesia has been an honoured [US] ally ever since General Suharto came to power in 1965 with a “boiling bloodbath” that was “The West’s best news for years in Asia” (Time), a “staggering mass slaughter of Communists and pro-Communists”, mostly landless peasants, that provided a “gleam of light in Asia” (New York Times). Euphoria knew no bounds, along with praise for the “Indonesian moderates” who prevailed (NYT) and their leader, who is “at heart benign” (Economist)…

    Woolcott offered some illustrations of “Kissingerian realism”. Noting with diplomatic understatement that “The United States might have some influence on Indonesia at present”, he reported that Kissinger had instructed US Ambassador David Newsom to avoid the Timor issue and cut down Embassy reporting, allowing “events to take their course”. Newsom informed Woolcott that if Indonesia were to invade, the US hoped it would do so “effectively, quickly, and not use our equipment” – 90 per cent of its weapons supply…

    ~ An Island Lies Bleeding, Noam Chomsky, The Guardian, July 5, 1994.

    I’m not sure what you mean by “ridiculous nationalist-ethnic violence”, nor why you’d assume I support it. Regarding violence, the West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) provides monthly summaries of events in that part of the world, and the February 2009 Report provides the following Summary.

    Unconfirmed reports indicate that Indonesian security forces may have begun sweep operations targeting villages in the central highlands following the alleged theft of four weapons from a police station by individuals claimed by the police to be armed pro-separatists. Amnesty International, noting the sentencing of still more Papuans for peaceful protests, has called for their release and an end to intimidation of peaceful dissenters. The Jayapura District Court has freed a human rights advocate but only after 15 months of detention, including a 15-month trial. President Yudhoyono, under heavy guard, visited Manokwari but failed to meet with ordinary Papuans. The Indonesian central government has significantly underfunded education for Papuans, violating national law and pledges contained in the moribund “Special Autonomy” legislation. The inadequate support for Papuan education also perpetuates the inability of Papuans to compete with better educated migrants. Freeport security personnel have joined with notorious BRIMOB police units to evict traditional gold miners. In separate violence in nearby Timika, the apparent police killing of one man led to violent rioting in which four were wounded. Franciscans International has published a “Factsheet” which offers insights regarding current trends and developments in West Papua. Survival International reports indications of increased repression and State violence in West Papua, noting in part the re-emergence of Indonesian-military backed militias. The West Papua Advocacy Team appealed to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to address human rights abuse in West Papua and end assistance to an unreformed, unaccountable and rights abusing Indonesian military that is not under civilian control.

    More generally, see ETAN’s monthly West Papua reports.

    Also:

    Christmas killing spree and increased repression in West Papua
    Survival International
    January 28, 2009

    There is mounting evidence that violence and repression in West Papua are intensifying. Over the Christmas and New Year period, there were several reports of killings and shootings, and a rise in ‘accidental deaths’ of Papua’s tribal people at the hands of the Indonesian military and police.

    At least four Papuans have been ‘accidentally’ shot dead by police in West Papuan towns since Christmas and four bodies have been found dumped by the side of the road or in rivers.

    A 13 year-old boy was ‘accidentally’ killed when police fired over the heads of a crowd after a dispute in a local market. In another incident, police fired on a group of Papuans celebrating New Year, killing one man. In retaliation for a violent response to this killing, police shot dead an eight year-old boy and destroyed local people’s houses.

    On 9 January, Papua’s High Court extended the sentences of 11 Papuans who had been arrested for peacefully displaying the banned West Papuan flag, from eight months to between three and three and a half years.

    There are also reports of renewed activity, supported by the Indonesian army, of the notorious Islamic militia group, Merah Putih (Red and White), in the highland town of Wamena.

    Local people believe there are plans to publicly ‘launch’ the militia group in Papua next month in Mulima, an area where many of the worst human rights violations against Papuans have taken place. In the past, Indonesia used militia groups to fuel terrible violence in East Timor.

    Papuan leaders fear that the shootings, killings and re-emergence of the militia suggests that the Indonesian authorities are trying to destabilise the already fragile situation in West Papua and generate even greater violence.

    Moar l8r…

  3. @ndy says:

    On anarchism, there are numerous texts available.

    One recent, quite short summary, is by Colin Ward.

    Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction
    Colin Ward
    Oxford University Press
    2004
    126 pages

    Description

    What do anarchists want? It seems easier to classify them by what they don’t want, namely, the organizations of the State, and to identify them with rioting and protest rather than with any coherent ideology. But with demonstrations like those against the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund being blamed on anarchists, it is clear that an explanation of what they do stand for is long overdue.

    Colin Ward provides answers to these questions by considering anarchism from a variety of perspectives: theoretical, historical, and international, and by exploring key anarchist thinkers, from Kropotkin through to Chomsky. He looks critically at anarchism by evaluating key ideas within it, such as its blanket opposition to incarceration, and policy of ‘no compromise’ with the apparatus of political decision-making. Can anarchy ever function effectively as a political force? Is it more ‘organized’ and ‘reasonable’ than is currently perceived? Whatever the politics of the reader, Ward’s argument ensures that anarchism will be much better understood after experiencing this book.

    Colin Ward is former editor of Anarchy. He has published many books, articles, and pamphlets, including Child in the City, Anarchy in Action, and Goodnight Campers.

    Col’n also has some thoughts on ‘Anarchism as a Theory of Organization’ (1966).

    Noam Chomsky provided a widely-published summary 40 years ago in his introduction to Daniel Guerin’s Anarchism: From Theory to Practice, 1970.

    A much more recent examination of anarchism is available in Uri Gordon’s book Anarchy Alive!: Anti-authoritarian Politics from Practice to Theory (Pluto Press, 2008).

    Anarchist politics are at the heart of today’s most vibrant and radical social movements. From squatted social centres and community gardens to acts of sabotage and raucous summit blockades, anarchist groups and networks are spreading an ethos of direct action, non-hierarchical organizing and self-liberation that has redefined revolutionary struggle for the 21st century.

    Anarchy Alive! is a fascinating, in-depth look at the practice and theory of contemporary anarchism. Uri Gordon draws on seven years of activist experience and on interviews, discussions and a vast selection of recent literature to explore the activities, cultures and agendas shaping today’s explosive anti-authoritarian revival.

    Anarchy Alive! also addresses some of the most tense debates in the contemporary movement, using a theory based on practice to provocatively reshape anarchist discussions of leadership, violence, technology and nationalism.

    This is the ideal book for anyone looking for a fresh, informed and critical engagement with anarchism, as a mature and dynamic political force in the age of globalisation.

    The anarchistfaq is also a very useful and well-referenced guide.

  4. Monkey Chops says:

    Thanks for the recommended reading, when I have time I will certainly see if I can track them down…

    As for points 1-5, my silence doesn’t indicate agreement or the fact I feel you have made a point, it is just my time is limited and I don’t have the free time to research the facts to have a political debate with you-as much as I’d like but there is no point going off half cocked and sounding like a Green Senator…

    As for the future of Irian Jaya, the fact is the world is becoming more globalised, for better or worse, and it’s something you just have to live with. No, I don’t approve of the treatment of some of the population there, but from what I have seen those willing to work with the central government seem to get along fine in their daily lives. Likewise, when the region warms to the APU idea, all the populations of our region will have to learn to submit local interests for the greater good- this may well result in “curbed sovereignty” for local populations and some job losses as industry relocates, likewise laws based on local customs will have to be reworked in order to have uniform laws throughout the region. There may well be small pockets of resistance springing up throughout the region as we have witnessed in Irian Jaya and Aceh and the Philippines by people clinging to the old idea of nationhood or petty regional identities. Perhaps they will turn to violence to maintain their position, if this is the case, then what we witness in Irian Jaya may well become more commonplace if they cannot be brought to reason through education and negotiation…

  5. @ndy says:

    As for the future of Poland, the fact is Europe is becoming more civilised, for better or worse, and it’s something you just have to live with. No, I don’t approve of the treatment of some of the population there, but from what I have seen those willing to work with the central government seem to get along fine in their daily lives. Likewise, when the region warms to the Idea of a Greater Germany, all the populations of our region will have to learn to submit local interests for the greater good — this may well result in “curbed sovereignty” for local populations and some job losses as industry relocates, likewise laws based on local customs will have to be reworked in order to have uniform laws throughout the region. There may well be small pockets of resistance springing up throughout the region as we have witnessed in Poland and France and Scandinavia by people clinging to the old idea of nationhood or petty regional identities. Perhaps they will turn to violence to maintain their position? If this is the case, then what we witness in Poland may well become more commonplace if they cannot be brought to reason through education and negotiation…

  6. Nicholas Folkes says:

    “As for the future of Poland, the fact is Europe is becoming more civilised, for better or worse, and it’s something you just have to live with.”

    So Andy when are you going to become more “civilised”?

  7. @ndy says:

    So Nicholas, when are you going to learn to read?

  8. Nicholas Folkes says:

    A. When you learn to write.

    Your red hair looks similar to Supergrass, is that you in drag?

    See you at the next protest.

  9. Nicholas Folkes says:

    Monkey Chips,

    You better get some kleenex tissues and wipe the dribble away from the corners of your mouth.

    “Global good” please explain? How can so called “global good” be so good when it overrides local good?

    Globalisation has been a disaster. Isn’t it better for communities to have control over their own lives instead of being governed by centralised bureaucracies?

  10. Scott says:

    The overwhelming fact is that Australia NEEDS a Protectionist party now to…protect us!
    This would be a return to Australia during the longer and better part of our history and society.
    All issues at hand, as important as they are, become irrelevant whilst Australia is being given away and overrun. We must protect ourselves again!

  11. lumpnboy says:

    To type a sentence I genuinely could never have foreseen the need to construct: “Peter, please stop pretending to be my daughter.”

    Jeez.

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