VOTE 1 FORTITUDE! #ausvotes


G’day patriots,

Announced with much fanfare last November (Michael Safi, Far-right United Patriots Front to form political party ahead of federal election, The Guardian, November 24, 2015; Brendan Foster, Right-wing group that wanted Hitler in classrooms to launch political party, Brendan Foster, WA Today, November 25, 2015), the United Patriots Front’s stillborn political vehicle ‘Fortitude’ failed to register in time for the federal election (Gus Goswell, United Patriots Front misses deadline to register political party ahead of federal election, 7.30/ABC, June 2, 2016; UPF fails to register in time to run, skyNEWS, June 2, 2016).

Between the time of the announcement and the UPF boarding the failboat, the boys went to Toowoomba, Orange and Bendigo trying to drum up support for their crusade. It didn’t really work out all that well (Anti-Islamic group United Patriots Front picks wrong Qld town for party, Brisbane Times, February 11, 2016). Along the way, the UPF & Co were condemned by the NSW Parliament and at the beginning of June Daniel Flitton (Election 2016: How far-right politics crashed and burned in Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 5, 2016) wrote of the patriotik/anti-Islam movement:

Just a year later, the heat has gone out of anti-Islam politics in Australia. Violent clashes by fringe radicals wearing Australian-flag masks in Coburg last week attracted ridicule, not fear, and Blair Cottrell, the Hitler-sympathising leader of the right-wing street movement, the United Patriots Front, was howled down when he fronted a rally of aggrieved dairy farmers. In the federal election campaign, various anti-Islam parties and candidates have been entirely invisible to the general public.

Most recently, UPF fuehrer Blair Cottrell had his violent criminal record made public:

Cottrell, 26, was sentenced to four months in prison in May 2012 after being convicted of 13 charges, including seven counts of intentionally damaging property. County Court Judge Michael Tinney convicted the then-22-year-old of throwing a missile, stalking, failing to comply with a community-based order, and two counts of recklessly causing serious injury. In December 2013 he was fined $1000 and sentenced to seven days in jail by a County Court judge for aggravated burglary, property damage, arson, trafficking testosterone, possessing a controlled weapon and breaching court orders.

Boys will be boys, amirite?

In any case, UPF internal discussions revealed that both Cottrell and his Perth lackey Dennis Huts expressed concern over running for public office given their respective criminal records; see : Current Issues Brief No 22 2002-03: Crime and Candidacy (Ian Holland/Politics and Public Administration Group, March 23, 2003):

In early 2003, the media reported that convicted bomber and racist Jack van Tongeren had been released after serving 12 years jail in Western Australia and was now interested in seeking election to the Senate. Western Australia’s Attorney-General urged the Commonwealth to tighten its restrictions on candidates. Under Western Australian law, van Tongeren cannot stand for State Parliament, but the Commonwealth’s restrictions on qualifications to be a member of parliament are less severe. Should a criminal conviction render a person ineligible to become an elected representative in a democracy? This Current Issues Brief discusses the limits placed on the ability of people with criminal convictions to stand for parliament.

Jack’s Senatorial campaign — like the UPF’s abortive entry into the formal political arena — was not a great success, and ended up with a number of boys (including Jack) going (back) to jail.

Also possibly going to jail are members of the Perth-based Aryan Nations, a 21st century attempt to revive neo-Nazi fortunes out West (see also : Combat 18). The UPF were guests of the Aryan Nations when they attended a UPF/Reclaim Australia rally late last year, though strangely they’ve not copped to the fact.

So, while UPF/Fortitude is not gonna be winning any votes tomorrow, a number of other far right political projects will be; they’ll also be pitted against one another in the following electorates:

Whose ideological cuisine will reign supreme?

Lindsay : Saleam (AFP) v Stephen Roddick (ALA) — Also throwing his hat into the ring is ex-Tory Marcus Cornish.
Paterson : Peter Davis (CEC) v Graham Burston (ONP) v Brian Clare (RUAP) — Fred Nile’s CDP is also contesting this seat.

Lingiari : Peter Flynn (CEC) v Regina McCarthy (RUAP)
Solomon : John Kearney (AFP) v Brigid McCullough (CEC) v Silvija Majetic (RUAP) — Marijuana (HEMP) Party also running a candidate.

Lalor : Susan Jakobi (AFP) v Marion Vale (RUAP)
Mallee : Chris Lahy (CEC) v Tim Middleton (RUAP)
Murray : Jeff Davy (CEC) v Yasmin Gunasekera (RUAP) — Former AFP president Diane Teasdale (Independent) will also be losing in the seat.

Fisher : John Spellman (ALA) v Tracey Bell-Henselin (RUAP) — Mike Jessop ‘is a candidate of the unregistered Whig party’!
Hinkler : Rob Windred (ALA) v Damian Huxham (ONP)
Leichhardt : Peter Rogers (ONP) v John Kelly (RUAP)
Longman : Caleb Wells (ALA) v Michelle Pedersen (ONP)
Maranoa : Lynette Keehn (ONP) v Sherrilyn Church (RUAP)


About @ndy

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2024 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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7 Responses to VOTE 1 FORTITUDE! #ausvotes

  1. ablokeimet says:

    Unlike some members of the Left, I don’t classify the Citizens’ Electoral Councils as a Fascist organisation. I’ve looked into them a fair bit over the years &, though they are definitely Right wing crazies & conspiracy theorists, I fail to see Fascism under their turgid essays. Given that we’re talking about conspiracy theorists here, and therefore we need to look into the question of whether they are talking in code, I find that the difference is a question of tone. They’re plenty authoritarian enough, but they don’t seem to have the callousness & the worship of inequality that goes with Fascism.

    As I said, though, they are definitely crazy. Any mob who thinks that Queen Elizabeth controls the drug trade and Prince Phillip is the puppeteer behind the global environment movement definitely has some roos loose in the top paddock.

  2. psyberimp says:

    The Citizens Electoral Council is a different breed of fascist. It was founded in America by ex Troyskyite Lyndon Larocuche. The CEC are all over the place as they are vehemently anti-Semitic but have so far shied away from the Islamophobia that marks the current crop of neo nazis. They have not rallied along side the UPF and TBC. They profess to hate the Ku Klux Klan. This comes from far right sectarianism as opposed to a principled stance against the Klan. They deny climate change and are just as racist towards First Nations people in Australia as they are towards Jews. They have railed against land rights and a treaty, as they openly support the nuclear industry. While they claim to support ordinary workers they condemn unions as being part of some Communist/Jewish (sic) conspiracy. The CEC tried to intervene in the MUA dispute in the late 1990s as well as in the anti globalization movement. They have had a history of harassing members of Melbourne’s Jewish community. They have organized in rural communities among disgruntled farmers. While they organize among farm owners who are critical of the banks, they have no interest in supporting exploited farm laborers. Rather than critique capitalism they rabbit on about the big banks and blame them for the ills of society. In the mind of the CEC the banks are run by Jewish people. They may not be like the UPF but personally I would argue that they are fascists. Their newspaper, ‘The Citizen’, takes aim at Jews, greenies, Indigenous people, leftists, and queers. Finally their policy on gender diversity, and the LGBTI issues is one of extreme hate. Larouchites have promoted queer bashing as a form of enforcing ‘compulsory heterosexuality’.

  3. ablokeimet says:


    “The CEC are all over the place as they are vehemently anti-Semitic”

    For quiite a few years, I’ve been looking for evidence of LaRouche’s alleged anti-Semitism & I haven’t seen any. I’m pretty familiar with the usual codes adopted by anti-Semites who want to be discreet, so I’m not just relying on the absence of the sort of ravings you’d see in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. If someone could point me in the direction of some good evidence, I’d be grateful.

  4. Futilitarian says:

    I don’t know about Lyndon Larouche, Ablokeimet, but there’s quite a large amount of mostly unconscious anti-Semitism amongst the Australian far left. Those amongst the latter who comprise a cheersquad for the Islamist fascists, Hamas, would find themselves in receipt of a very severe and summary form of justice were they ever to turn up in Gaza and begin proselytising. The supreme irony, of course, is that nutty far left political organisations can freely express and organise in Israel.

  5. psyberimp says:

    I used to have some articles written by David Greason on their anti-Semitism. Unfortunately I no longer possess them. He talked about a CEC member named Herb Quinde (who also went under other names) and his involvement in harassing members of the Jewish community. In the 1990s there was a protest against the CEC organized by the then International Socialist Organization and various anarchists and other anti fascists. It was a long time ago and I don’t remember the details, but the CEC had a speaking tour, which included American members from their affiliate organization (National Caucus of Labor Committees). The Spartacists used to write a lot of stuff on the Larouchites and their anti-Semitism.

  6. ablokeimet says:

    Futilitarian: “Those amongst the latter who comprise a cheersquad for the Islamist fascists, Hamas”

    Hmmm. I can’t say I’ve spotted anyone on the Left being a cheer squad for Hamas, though I have seem some putting in a few good words for Hezbollah – before they shredded their credibility by fighting for the butcher Assad. It’s not uncommon for people outside the Left to see the Left’s uncompromising criticism of Israel and its regular wars against Gaza as support for Hamas. It isn’t.

  7. Futilitarian says:

    By their words shall ye know them, Ablokeimet. The Socialist Alliance’s publications, for instance, explicitly give support to Hamas, based on the old Leninist shibboleth that those who resist imperialism are jolly good chaps, no matter how backward they may be. The Left’s “uncompromising criticism of Israel,” as you put it, is due more to an uncritical and servile adherence to Leninist dogma than a dispassionate examination of facts.

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