- Update : Eric the red back in action, Damien Murphy and Emily Dunn, The Sydney Morning Herald, July 13, 2009.
Update : KKK infiltration claims are sabotage: party, Matt Bachl, ninemsn, July 10, 2009. Also: Today JJJ interviewed someone claiming to be David Palmer, except that it was some young-sounding d00d hooting and talking about doing magic tricks, wearing capes and Harry Potter. ROFL.
Following on from the glorious news in January (March) 2009, that the Communist Alliance had successfully broken through bourgeois norms, comes news of the Australia First Party’s own impending victory over the Australian Electoral Commission.
Australia First Party Claims Numbers To Register As Federal Party: Statement Of The Management Committee
The Australia First Party has reached the basic number to register as a Federal political party. The party will carry out the necessary preparations to file its application with the Australian Electoral Commission as soon as possible.
The registration of Australia First Party (NSW) Incorporated as a Federal party, to be known on ballot papers and publically as ‘Australia First Party’, will be a decisive act in uniting all Australian nationalist and patriotic groups and people, at first in common labour and then into a single movement. The long march that brought us to the point of this application began when we both secured the registration of a party to contest local government polls in New South Wales in early September 2007 and re-incorporated the party on September 17 2007.
The Australia First Party will now increase the tempo of its community activity.
Management Committee, July 9.
Right-wing genie out of the bottle
The Sydney Morning Herald
July 9, 2009
THE party faithful gathered in “the bunker”. In a room decorated with Heidelberg School art posters and Ned Kelly figurines, Jim Saleam, the NSW director of the Australia First Party, recited the Eureka Oath.
The father of far right politics in Australia told the dozen people gathered around a plastic trestle table – a group too small to entertain registration as a federal political party – that they were on the cusp of return. “We are a genie in the bottle,” he said. “When the system itself says it’s in trouble we must welcome that.
“For, Australia, we are now moving into the most extraordinary of times.”
Five months since that meeting in a former shop in Tempe, the genie is out of the bottle: today Australia First will announce itself as the first anti-immigration party since One Nation to gain enough members to contest a federal election. [That is, with the exception of ‘Australians Against Further Immigration’, which contested the 1998, 2001 and 2004 federal elections under that name, and was only de-registered on December 7, 2005. The party was founded in 1989 and registered in 1990 by Rodney and Robyn Spencer, the parents of actor Jesse Spencer: Jesse immigrated to the US in 2004, and plays a doctor on House.] The party finished signing the 500 members on Monday and expects its application to be lodged in a fortnight – five years after it was last deregistered and four years since One Nation lost its final federal seat.
“The registration of Australia First Party … will be a decisive act in uniting all Australian nationalist and patriotic groups and people,” Mr Saleam wrote in a newsletter. “At first in common labour and then into a single movement.”
The party plans to contest lower house seats in western and southern Sydney, on the Darling Downs and possibly in the Hunter. It expects to attract between 6 and 7 per cent of the primary vote and will run a television campaign aimed at the trucking industry and an anti-immigration policy made more palatable by linking population to environmental issues.
The elevation of Australia First into a party capable of winning seats is in line with events overseas. Against the backdrop of the global economic crisis, far right organisations such as the British National Party made a strong showing at last month’s European elections.
In the past few months skinheads [sic] from the Southern Cross Hammerskins have started organising to induct members and set up a record label and an internet radio station. The Ku Klux Klan has established a presence in Victoria with links to the expanding klan in the US. The Australian Protectionist Party – which split from Australia First in 2007 – is preparing to lodge its own federal registration.
“Australians tend to be fairly non-political in their outlook,” said Darrin Hodges, the protectionist party’s NSW chairman and Mr Saleam’s key rival. “You have to work on educating people [that] there’s a problem there, and we’re making progress with that.”
Australia First began its return to federal politics on Australia Day, when Mr Saleam managed to associate himself with a mob of teenagers chanting nationalist slogans at Manly – a gathering which was played down by politicians and the police media unit, but which is being investigated as possibly the first act of co-ordinated racism since the Cronulla riots in 2005.
Working in the background, police were attempting to link the mob to an unnamed nationalist group uncovered in western Sydney a week earlier. The mob of 80 people who raced up and down the Corso on January 26, smashing cars and chanting, appeared to be organised rather than a drunken pack, though there is nothing to suggest that Mr Saleam himself was directly involved in any vandalism.
The group split in half at a decisive moment, weakening police efforts to contain them.
“Police have played this down significantly. It’s just going to be worse next year,” a senior police source said. “There is the push on for nationalism and if we don’t get a grip on this we will be looking at something we did not think could happen in Australia. You can’t put the genie back in the bottle.”
Two factors are working in favour of the ultra-right. Despite a 20 per cent cut to skilled migration numbers, Australia First and the Australian Protectionist Party expect the recession to create instability and resentment of non-white labour. At the same time, party members disenfranchised by the collapse of One Nation have begun to return to the movement.
“We’ll start seeing a lot of protest voting,” said Mr Saleam, who gained a doctorate in political science while serving a 3½-year-jail term for possessing a firearm and organising a shotgun attack on the home of the African National Congress’s Australian representative. “We will see not only defence of identity but defence of jobs. If that spills over into reasonable-level confrontation, I would support that.
“We want to turn ordinary people – suburban housewives, unemployed youth – into political activists. We seek to mobilise a group of people who have not previously been mobilised. We want to cause disaffection from the regime who govern against their own people. We want to mobilise small-t troublemakers.”
But despite the recent rise in membership, the new right is very much the old right and Jim Saleam remains at the centre of it. Australian nationalism is a fractal of hyperlinks and blog posts, tied to reality by the occasional post office box.
John Moffat, an aged-care worker with tattooed forearms and spiked hair, is a prime example of the movement. He arrived at a meeting of the Australian Protectionist Party in late February.
Mr Moffat has previously been an Australia First candidate and ran for the now-defunct Australians Against Further Immigration before it was absorbed into One Nation.
“I’ve just been waiting with my finger up to the wind,” he said. “But with the crashing of the economy, let’s say the tribes will start to consolidate. From this meeting, I’ve got a little bit of hope. I just picked up a membership form. More than likely, I will join them.”
A few points.
- Erik Jensen: “The elevation of Australia First into a party capable of winning seats is in line with events overseas.”
The State-linked “anarchist”, “Andy” at the Slackbastard blogspot: Um… kinda sorta. But not really. That is, registration allows for a party’s name to appear on the ballot; whether or not this transfers into votes is another question entirely.
- Erik Jensen: “…far right organisations such as the British National Party made a strong showing at last month’s European elections.”
The State-linked “anarchist”, “Andy” at the Slackbastard blogspot: It is indeed the case that the BNP won two seats in the European Parliament. However: a) its total vote increased only marginally from 4.9% (808,200 votes) in 2004 to 6.2% (943,598 votes) in 2009; b) the rise in the BNP vote was accompanied by a significant decrease in the Labour vote — in 2009, Labour gained 15.7% (2,381,760 votes) while in 2004, Labour received 22.6% (3,718,683 votes); c) unlike AF, the BNP has managed to obtain a foothold in a number of local councils — according to one source, as of February 2009, the BNP has 55 councillors. AF, on the other hand, has one: Bruce Preece.
- Erik Jensen: “In the past few months skinheads [sic] from the Southern Cross Hammerskins have started organising to induct members and set up a record label and an internet radio station. The Ku Klux Klan has established a presence in Victoria with links to the expanding [K]lan in the US. The Australian Protectionist Party – which split from Australia First in 2007 – is preparing to lodge its own federal registration.”
The State-linked “anarchist”, “Andy” at the Slackbastard blogspot: Among various yoof sub-cultures, ‘racist skinheads’ are popularly referred to as ‘boneheads’. Welsh skinhead Roddy Moreno:
That aside, the SCHS have been around for years — in fact, about 15 or so. So too their kameraden in Blood & Honour (B&H) Australia. What is relatively new is their website (registered in November 2008) and the establishment of an auxilliary called ‘Crew 38’ (that is, the boneheads have formalised their recruitment process along the lines of numerous other ‘patched’ clubs). Also, while the record label Erik refers to (‘9% Productions’) is run by a Melbourne bonehead (and Hammerskin) named Jesse, the radio show is a B&H production.
In summary, and in reality, boneheads have been organising, maintaining an online presence, raising funds through various distros and broadcasting their views for decades now. Naturally, their fortunes have waxed and waned. One sore point is the partial re-emergence of rival boneheads belonging to Volksfront, an effort spearheaded by Saleam’s close collaborator Welf Herfurth (a former B&H rep in NSW) and Novocastrian bonehead Douglas Schott. Disgraced former Thales employee Nicole Hanley writes:
Last year [Volksfront] started a probationary chapter here, which pissed the Hammerskins off big time. Not because they wouldn’t support Volksfront, but because of how it was done. Doug [Schott] from Blood Red Eagle was the first probationary member, and he was allowed [to] start the chapter without having actually met any of the VF guys in the USA. A lot of the HSN guys can’t stand him and think he is a moron, so they were unimpressed with VF bending the prospect rules and letting him prospect sight unseen. Justin (AustMade) was in the scene years ago (I knew him back then), he also left and then has recently come back. He started off prospecting with VF, but then realised he had backed the wrong horse as HSN hated them, so he left and joined B&H Vic. And that’s pretty much where we are… try getting that group of egos to work together!
(NB. The horse-loving Hanley has stated on Stormfront that she will be attending the AF conference known as the Sydney Forum in September.) Otherwise, the hack of the B&H site in March caused some minor headaches; so too, the boneheads being booted from The Birmingham Hotel in Fitzroy in 2006, and adverse publicity surrounding gigs in 2007 and 2008. A gig scheduled for ANZAC Day this year also appears to have been less than a total success for the Master Race. Undeterred, the boneheads will be celebrating in style again in Melbourne this year (September 12), and are also arranging for a gig on April 17 on the Gold Coast next year. (Note that boneheads in the Czech Republic and Hammerskins in Portugal have run into more serious, legal difficulties of late.)
As for the KKK, like their boneheaded cousins, the bed-sheet-wearers have been stumbling about the political back-blocks for years, their racist shenanigans periodically triggering media interest — who can forget John HoWARd laughing off the antics of soldiers in Darwin? — but otherwise amounting to very little. Curiously, while a Klansman named ‘Hobbit’ wandered into the ‘Southern Cross Soldiers’ on Australia/Invasion/Survival Day this year, the Melbourne leader of SCS has hitched his wagon to the APP.
At the start of the year, APP announced membership in the party was Free!, and came with a Bonus! set of steak knives. Almost six months later, the party is still to obtain the requisite 500 signatures, but on the plus side retains possession of a room full of cutting implements.
- Erik Jensen: Australia First began its return to federal politics on Australia Day, when Mr Saleam managed to associate himself with a mob of teenagers chanting nationalist slogans at Manly – a gathering which was played down by politicians and the police media unit, but which is being investigated as possibly the first act of co-ordinated racism since the Cronulla riots in 2005.
The State-linked “anarchist”, “Andy” at the Slackbastard blogspot: Huh. That is news. And quite bizarre, really. On the one hand, Mister Doctor Saleam, a veteran opportunist, ‘associates’ himself with all kindsa odds and sods: in my opinion, he jumped the shark in December 2008 when he proclaimed that AF would protest the coronial inquest into Tyler Cassidy’s murder. Further, the antics of perhaps as many as 80 or 100 middle class yoof at Manly on January 26, 2009, while no doubt disturbing to the shopkeepers and passers-by they racially abused, hardly constitutes a radical departure in teenage dickheadedness. On the other hand, insofar as groups of teenyboppers such as the SCS express any degree of political conviction, as SCS Melbourne’s alignment with the APP suggests, it’s by no means sure that they’ll fall under the spell of the 50-something Mister Doctor Saleam.
The Australia First Party was initially registered on September 13, 1996, and de-registered on August 13, 2004. The fiendishly clever Dr.
Fu Manchu Saleam managed to re-register the party in NSW (as the ‘Australia First (Council Elections) Party’) in order to seriously contest local council elections under that name (‘Australia First Party’), but for the last five years it’s been his ambition to revive the party on a federal level. There have been several obstacles placed in his path:
1) In 2007, the party underwent a split into three factions. The first was Jim’s mob; the second Diane Teasdale’s; the third the ‘Australian Protectionist Party’. While Jim’s mob maintains its crazy, Jew-hatin’ ways, and the APP regards The Muslim (closely followed by Herr Doktor) rather than The Jew as constituting the main threat to Australia, sadly, neither grouping is as enamoured of petunias as Diane.
2) In March 2009, AF was dealt a bitter blow by the forced departure of the ‘Patriotic Youth League’ and its Brisbane branch, aka John Drew.
3) In May 2009, Dr. Saleam revealed that the party’s incorporation had lapsed, canceled by West Australian authorities on February 20, 2006.
Erik notes that AF will “contest lower house seats in western and southern Sydney, on the Darling Downs and possibly in the Hunter”. That AF “expects to attract between 6 and 7 per cent of the primary vote” is one thing — its track record, and that of other racist, right-wing parties (with the exception of Pauline Hanson/One Nation in Queensland) suggest this may be difficult to achieve, and where it is, not necessarily of great political significance. As for “television campaigns”, these have been in the pipeline for years; AF’s connection to the trucking industry is by way of Peter Schuback, vice-president of the Australian Long Distance Owners and Drivers Association and owner of ‘Mineral and Mine Movers Transport’ (Peter lost for AF in the 2009 Queensland state election).
AF’s stronghold is NSW. It has a PO Box in Croydon, Victoria and, in addition to Peter Schuback in Hervey Bay and Peregrine John Beverley Jewell in Toowoomba North, enjoys the support of a fascist crackpot named Jim Perren in Queensland. The APP’s stronghold is also in NSW, but like AF it has the support of a PO Box in Croydon, and a handful of supporters in the ACT, QLD, SA, and WA. (APP also has its own Jim Perren in the person of Martin Fletcher.)
Which way the racist zombies like John Moffat will jump, to AF or the APP, and which group can successfully channel the libidinal energies of proud White yoof into fascist activism, will likely emerge the winner in the ding-dong struggle for the soul of White nationalism in Australia.
- On a spotterly side-note:
1) On July 1, 2009, Sue Bateman’s mob — aka One Nation Western Australia — underwent voluntary de-registration;
2) On June 1, 2009, the Progressive Labour Party had its attempt at registration refused;
3) On February 19, 2009, The Man decided to help end the Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party.
We have infiltrated party: KKK
The Sydney Morning Herald
July 10, 2009
THE Ku Klux Klan says it has infiltrated an anti-immigration party preparing to contest seats at the next federal election.
David Palmer, the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in Australia, said several Klan members had secretly joined Australia First, a far right party that announced yesterday that it had the numbers to register as a political party.
“We aren’t interested in actually registering as a party,” Mr Palmer said. “Our main idea was we would move in and take back what we consider our Aryan parties. [The Klan] is a white pressure group; a white social group for white families. But also a reserve in case the ethnics get out of hand and they need sorting out.”
When he made similar claims about the infiltration of One Nation, the party formerly led by Pauline Hanson, two of his associates were expelled from the party. The NSW director of Australia First, Jim Saleam, vehemently denies his party has been infiltrated by the Klan.
Mr Palmer said: “Members don’t necessarily have to be Christian. As long as they’re white it’s OK.”
Early yesterday the NSW Treasurer, Eric Roozendaal, negotiated a deal with the Labor Party’s national secretary to guarantee no Labor preferences would go to Australia First.
The Liberal Party’s internal procedures do not allow a guarantee to be made so swiftly, but its federal director, Brian Loughnane, said Australia First would not benefit from Liberal preferences. Mr Roozendaal said: “One Nation got a foothold in Queensland due to one factor – Coalition preferences. This must not occur again.”
Australia First and another far right party, the Australian Protectionist Party, look set to contest the next election on an anti-immigration platform. Beneath them is a miasma of other radical groups consolidating their membership and building numbers in the face of economic instability. Some members shift between groups. Other groups divide over disputes about where to direct their efforts. Some, like One Nation, collapse and are re-absorbed by remaining groups.
Mr Saleam said the registration of his party would lead smaller groups or factions to start to see Australia First as a “focus point”.
Mr Palmer said there were three branches of the Klan in NSW, but he would not say where. Nor would he say how many members were active, but said each Klan meeting attracted about 20 members.
Late last year a second arm of the Klan – calling itself the Church of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Australia and New Zealand Realms – set up an internet forum moderated in Victoria. It dissociates itself from Mr Palmer but has strong links to the Klan in the US.
“We grow every day,” said the Victorian church’s female recruiting officer. “It’s not about hate, it’s about being proud of the skin we live in – proud in what our race is.”
Australia First has denied links to the
movement, which has expanded its front in Australia by setting up an internet radio station and a record label.
Mr Saleam and the Protectionist Party have expressed interest in approaching the key youth movement – the Southern Cross Soldiers, formed by high school students in Kellyville before the Cronulla Riots in 2005 – but the soldiers’ leader has denied the connection.