Far left candidates at the 2022 Australian federal election

Racing!

Nominations for the 2022 Australian federal election have now been officially confirmed and — despite rumours that communists, socialists and other ‘far’ leftists lurk within the bosom of the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens — there’s only a smol handful of self-proclaimed socialists taking to the parliamentary barricades this year.

(For a recent example of ye olde argument about the political utility of voting, see : Why do anarchists abstain from elections?, red & black notes and Socialists and elections, Red Flag.)

Sadly, having been de-registered by the Australian Electoral Commission in June 2021, the Australian Workers Party appears not to be running any candidates in 2022. Further, Ron Poulsen of the Communist League has once again failed to nominate for a seat, and no Communists of any other variety would appear to have thrown their flatcap into the ring. Happily, the Australian Progressives are fielding candidates in the race for the Senate in the ACT and Victoria, while Janine Rees is battling over Ryan (NSW) and Angela Fulco wants to steal Sturt (WA) from the Liberals. Finally, in a special 2022 BONUS!, Drew Pavlou’s Democratic Alliance wants to ‘give power back to the people’ by first installing itself in the Lower House seats of Chisholm (VIC) and Stuart (WA) and in QLD, NSW and SA in the Upper House. Note that, while Pavlou has described himself as a libertarian socialist, (Dr) Joe Toscano, formerly of ‘Libertarian Workers for a Self-Managed Society’, wants to put ‘Public Interests Before Corporate Interests’ by running for a seat in the Senate in Victoria.

Socialist Alliance

SAll is running five candidates for the House of Representatives — Sue Bolton in Wills and Sue Bull in Corio (VIC), Andrew Chuter in Sydney (NSW), Pat O’Shane in Leichhardt (QLD) and Sam Wainwright in Fremantle (WA) — and Senate tickets in NSW, QLD, VIC and WA. The Party recommends ‘preferences to socialist and Greens candidates ahead of the ALP, ALP before the Coalition parties and far right parties last’.

Socialist Equality Party

Our candidates are SEP assistant national secretary Max Boddy and WSWS writer Oscar Grenfell in NSW, longtime party member Peter Byrne and an International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) leader, Jason Wardle, in Victoria, and longstanding WSWS correspondent Mike Head and another IYSSE leader, John Davis, in Queensland. Their biographical details and how to vote for them as the SEP candidates can be found here.

Like the AWP, in February 2022 the SEP was de-registered by the AEC, but they can’t. won’t and don’t stahp campaigning on ‘A socialist program of action for the working class to oppose war and fight COVID-19 and austerity’.

Victorian Socialists

VS are running 11 Lower House Candidates in Victoria (Calwell, Cooper, Fraser, Gellibrand, Gorton, Hawke, Lalor, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Scullin and Wills) and Aran Mylvaganam for a seat in the Senate. VS fared reasonably well at the 2019 Australian federal election all things considered, and also upon debut at the 2018 Victorian state election. But whether or not it can improve upon these performances is somewhat doubtful, and I don’t see the sense of splitting the socialist vote in Wills (Bolton versus Black).

See also : Balance of power politics is no way to win change, Solidarity, April 29, 2022 | Federal election: Get LNP Government out – have no illusions about Labor, Central Committee, CPA (M-L), April 10, 2022.

BONUS! Honesty

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #113 w Anke Richter on Conspiracies, Kvlts & COVID19 : April 28, 2022

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! on 3CR we talk to Anke Richter [Twitter]. Anke is a Kiwi-Kraut, freelance journalist and foreign correspondent, taz columnist, lover and writer of books. Anke has also been involved with FACT Aotearoa (Fight Against Conspiracy Theories Aotearoa): ‘a grass-roots activist group made up of volunteers from all professions’ which is ‘committed to fighting against harmful conspiracy theories that harm the very fabric of New Zealand society’.

See/hear also : The anti-vaccination infodemic ‘is a cult’ – researcher, Kirsty Johnston and Michelle Duff, stuff, March 17, 2022 (‘A few years ago cult expert Anke Richter would not have called the anti-vaccine movement a cult. She would now. So what has changed?’) | The extremism visible at the parliament protest has been growing in NZ for years – is enough being done?, Paul Spoonley, The Conversation, March 2, 2022.

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Redesign My Nazi bRanes; Or: Who Makes The Nazis

[Update (April 23, 2022) : Todd Sampson’s neo-Nazi row: New series on hate and social media slammed, Karl Quinn, The Age, April 22, 2022 | Why I turned down Sampson doco after he enabled neo-nazis, Tom Tanuki, Independent Australia, April 23, 2022.]

Oh dear.

Today, anti-fascist research group The White Rose Society published a statement regarding an upcoming documentary by TV personality Todd Sampson. It draws attention to a key failing of media reportage on fascism and the far right: uncritically amplifying the views of neo-Nazis. You can also read Tom Tanuki’s thoughts on the matter here. For the record, I too was contacted by the producers, expressed a willingness to talk to them, but … they never got back to me (see also : Romper Stomper Pulls On Its Boots Again (But Forgets To Thread Its Laces), January 13, 2018).

Recently we, and a number of other antifascists, were approached by Rebecca Le Tourneau @becletourneau to discuss a documentary she is producing with Todd Sampson @toddsampsonOz on radicalisation and social media. We agreed to a background chat with her.

Tonight we found out on Telegram that @toddsampsonOz is working on the documentary with two of Australia’s most hateful and violent neo-Nazis, Blair Cottrell and Tom Sewell.

Here is Tom Sewell vague posting about his involvement in the documentary, sandwiched in between a post to celebrate Hitler’s Birthday yesterday. [snip]

Here is Blair Cottrell announcing his involvement in the project by posting a photograph with a smiling @toddsampsonOz (and Tom Sewell in the background of the shot).

The violent Islamophobic rhetoric of neo-Nazis Blair Cottrell and Tom Sewell and their group the United Patriots Front, were a major factor in the radicalisation of Brenton Tarrant and his act of terror, slaughtering 51 Muslims at prayer in Christchurch.

Brenton Tarrant worshipped Blair Cottrell, which was revealed through his Facebook comment history. Tom Sewell tried to recruit Tarrant to Lads Society, and Tarrant donated money for their gym.
[Blair Cottrell holds a megaphone to his mouth. Many Australian flags are visible in the background.]

National Socialist Network and Tom Sewell have also made repeated Antisemitic and violent threats towards colleagues of @becletourneau and @toddsampsonOz.

The Australian media’s Islamophobic rhetoric and platforming of neo-Nazis like Blair Cottrell, (including on Sky News where @becletourneau was a producer), were also major contributing factors in the radicalisation of Brenton Tarrant and the rise of fascism in Australia.

The Australian government and media’s own complicity in the terrorist attacks in Christchurch is yet to be reckoned with in Australia. How many times must we draw the attention of journalists to The Oxygen of Amplification?

We advise any antifascists or academics that have been approached by Rebecca Le Tourneau or Todd Sampson about their documentary to tell them to fuck off. Nothing good can come from providing a platform to violent neo-Nazis. No pasarán.

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #112 w Andy Campbell on Proud Boys, Republicans & Riots : April 21, 2022

Stand back and stand by.

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! on 3CR we talk to Andy Campbell [Twitter]. Andy is a senior editor and reporter at HuffPost, focusing on crime and extremism. He’s also the author of We Are Proud Boys: How a Right-Wing Street Gang Ushered in a New Era of American Extremism, which will be published by Hachette in October:

After the 2016 election, Americans witnessed a frightening trend: the sudden rise of a host of new extremist groups across the country. Emboldened by a new president, they flooded political rallies and built fervent online presences, expanding rapidly until they were a regular sight at everyday demonstrations. Amid the chaos, one group emerged as a leader among the others, with matching outfits, bizarre rituals, and a reputation for violence: the Proud Boys.

See : Proud Boys Leader Yells Racist Slurs Before Attacking Black Woman, Andy Campbell, HuffPost, February 22, 2022 | In Australia, a smol group of Proud Boys attended Marxism 2022 on the weekend, but are otherwise notorious for hearting bankrupt ANZAC and former Senator Fraser ‘Final Solution’ Anning, celebrating Invasion Day in Melbourne, and spawning Jarrad Searby, the neo-Nazi MMA fighter who now trains members of Tom Sewell’s neo-Nazi groupsucule ‘National Socialist Network’. See also : Damien Costas Presents : Gavin McInnes & Tommy Robinson Live in Australia (December 2018) (November 21, 2018).

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #111 w Mark Bray on The Anarchist Inquisition: Assassins, Activists, and Martyrs in Spain & France : April 14, 2022

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! on 3CR we talk to historian Mark Bray [Twitter] about his new book The Anarchist Inquisition: Assassins, Activists, and Martyrs in Spain and France (Cornell University Press, 2022).

Mark has written a number of other books, including Antifa: The anti-fascist handbook and Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader.

The Anarchist Inquisition explores the groundbreaking transnational human rights campaigns that emerged in response to a brutal wave of repression unleashed by the Spanish state to quash anarchist activities at the turn of the twentieth century. Mark Bray guides readers through this tumultuous era—from backroom meetings in Paris and torture chambers in Barcelona, to international antiterrorist conferences in Rome and human rights demonstrations in Buenos Aires.

See also : The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists, and Secret Agents, Alex Butterworth (Penguin Random House, 2011) | The Battle against Anarchist Terrorism: An International History, 1878–1934, Richard Bach Jensen (Cambridge University Press, 2013) | The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain, Paul Preston (Harper Collins, 2013).

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Nathan Sykes, The Naughty Neo-Nazi : Do Not Go To Jail, Do 150 Hours of Community Service

Last week, neo-Nazi keyboard warrior and Australia First Party member Nathan Sykes was sentenced to a 19-month intensive corrections order (ICO) and ordered to perform 150 hours of community service:– Herr Sykes had previously pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to threaten serious harm to a journalist who’d written things about him he didn’t like. For example: ‘In a ramshackle inner Sydney boarding house, surrounded by his collection of Adolf Hitler dolls, a 48-year-old unemployed neo-Nazi plies his trade as one of Australia’s most aggressive online trolls.’

While Syke’s ICO presumably means he can no longer issue threats to harm others — he sent messages to the journalist threatening to smash him “to a f***ing pulp” and “circumcise you into a carrot”, and further proclaimed that he was going to “absolutely f***ing destroy you” and “torture you to an absolute delight” — I don’t know whether it permits him to continue to publish propaganda online. To date, Sykes’ output has included numerous anti-Semitic screeds for ‘The Daily Stormer’, spirited defences of his party and its leader James Saleam by way of the defunct blogs ‘Whitelaw Towers’ and ‘United Nationalists Australia’ and various other fascist vituperations. Currently, Sykes maintains a blog called ‘New Australian Bulletin’ (and its associated YouTube channel) which champions white nationalism, glorifies Saleam, and attacks their various opponents on the right.

Given the utterly demented nature of his writing, it’s certainly no great loss to literature if Sykes is temporarily prevented from sharing it with the world. As Paddy Gibson has observed, ‘his online bulletin is a cesspit of extreme racism and homophobia that has published calls for violence against many, including me – and advertised my home address’. As it happens, Gibson’s home was allegedly attacked in December, and last month a man was arrested and charged as a result (Man charged over alleged attack on the home of Sydney activist Paddy Gibson, Nino Bucci, The Guardian, March 30, 2022):

Police say they were called to a home in Sydney’s south in December following reports three men had demanded to speak to the occupant and smashed windows. Gibson and his partner were in their home at the time of the alleged incident. On Tuesday, NSW police charged a 30-year-old man in relation to the alleged attack. A spokesperson confirmed the man was charged with affray, stalking or intimidating another person with the intention of causing the other person to fear physical or mental harm, and possessing a prohibited weapon.

Notably, NSW police initially refused to lay charges against Sykes, but did so after The Sydney Morning Herald reported the fact. See : Right-winger’s violent threats ignored as police find ‘not enough evidence’, Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker, March 20, 2019.

Fingers crossed, Herr Sykes spends the next 19 months at home playing with his dolls rather than making death threats and engaging in racist abuse online.

See also : Here’s How Muslim Women In Australia Have Been Targeted By The Far Right, Gina Rushton and Mark DiStefano, Buzzfeed, March 26, 2019 | Tom Sewell & The Lads Society ~versus~ Nathan Sykes & The Australia First Party (November 7, 2018) | For an interesting historical account of a previous era of racist violence, see : The Report of the National Inquiry into Racist Violence in Australia, HREOC, 1991.

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #110 w Stephanie Alice Baker on COVID-19, influencers, wellness & persecuted heroes : April 7, 2022

[Last week’s episode was a repeat of our interview with Antti Rautiainen on ‘The Network’, Russia & anti-fascism, first broadcast on April 2, 2020.]

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! on 3CR we talk to Dr Stephanie Alice Baker [Twitter], a senior lecturer in sociology at the City University of London, where she studies medical misinformation/disinformation, influencer and wellness culture.

4.30pm, Thursday, April 7, 2022 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

See also : COVID: how anti-vaccine influencers exploit mothers, Stephanie Alice Baker and Michael James Walsh, The Conversation, February 15, 2022 | Alt. Health Influencers: how wellness culture and web culture have been weaponised to promote conspiracy theories and far-right extremism during the COVID-19 pandemic, Stephanie Alice Baker, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol.25, No.1 (2022) | M/C Journal, Vol.25, No.1 (2022): conspiracy.

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Shane Warne’s Freedom to hang a picture of Adolf Hitler in every United Australian classroom Party

With a federal election just around the corner, now is the time that Australia’s best and brightest political thinkers and doers really start to shine. With things like The Economy, The National Interest and Freedom always on their mind, the public is treated to a truly spectacular display of The Battle of Ideas. This is democracy manifest, and only a Cultural Marxist would claim that nothing appears more surprising to those, who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few; and the implicit submission, with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers.

That said, yesterday I was delighted to discover that Elvis Sinosic, Cliev’s sockpuppet in Blaxland, has discovered Shane Warne’s soon. According to Sinosic, Shane Warne’s soon espouses many remarkable beliefs, including radical skepticism towards the use of vaccines.

Of course, Shane Warne’s soon is better known as Blair Cottrell: a neo-Nazi social media personality, convicted racist, arsonist and stalker. Sadly, Sinosic was unable to tag Cottrell to express thanks for his hard hitting truths because the aspiring fuehrer was banned from Twitter after joking about raping a journalist. Happily, you can easily find our brave ANZAC grooming teenyboppers on Twitter-For-Nazis (Gab) and Telegram. Of course, one of Cottrell’s YUGEST fans was not a teenybopper but the Christchurch killer, who called him ‘Emperor’ and expressed a desire to kill Cottrell’s critics. (Note that Cottrell is back in Frankston Magistrates’ Court on April 28.)

As for the anti-vaccine sentiment shared by the convicted neo-Nazi, hard-working billionaire and his gym-owning flunky, while it may have animated thousands to take to the streets in protest in recent months, it’s thus far been unable to find coherent expression at the ballot box. Despite reviving itself in South Australia in order to ride the wave of ressentiment generated by government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, as Tom Tanuki and Cam Wilson have pointed out, PHONy has failed to capitalise on the stoopid, and the movement as a whole is struggling to maintain its momentum as 2022 unfolds.

See also : Clive Palmer’s lower-house ticket is stacked with anti-vaxxers and an Elvis impersonator, Zac Crellin, The New Daily, February 22, 2022 | Neo-Nazi MMA fight clubs are spreading hate across the U.S., Karim Zedan, Bloody Elbow, March 25, 2022.

Finally, REVEALED: AMONGST US – NEO NAZI AUSTRALIA is ‘an eye-opening investigation led by 12-time Walkley Award-winner and two-time Australian journalist of the year Nick McKenzie that explores the terrifying rise of neo Nazi activity in Australia’. It was released on Stan on March 27. (Note that Tom Sewell is back in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on May 20.)

See also : “The NSN is dead! Long live the NSN!” (September 9, 2021) | 9Fairfax ~versus~ National Socialist Network (August 16, 2021).

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #109 w Andre Oboler on hate speech, social media & law : March 24, 2022

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! on 3CR we talk to Dr Andre Oboler [Twitter]. Andre is an academic and CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI) who has published widely on the subject of hate speech and other, related matters.

OHPI was established in 2012 as Australia’s national charity tackling online hate. We work to make online hate as unacceptable as real world hate, because the internet should not be a shield for bullies and racists. OHPI runs Fight Against Hate, the online reporting tool that brings transparency to the way social media companies deal with the reports users make to them. This monitoring facility provides statistical analysis of online hate incidents which governments, agencies, and law enforcement badly need.

See also : Andre Oboler @ The Conversation | Anti-Asian Racism @ OHPI | ‘The Jewish community owes a debt to the mole who infiltrated the neo-Nazi network’, Andre Oboler, PLUS61J, August 20, 2021 | New federal laws coming to combat misinformation online, Kalila Welch, Mumbrella, March 21, 2022 | Morrison’s new disinformation laws acknowledge big tech can’t be trusted to hold itself to account, Cam Wilson, Crikey, March 21, 2022.

4.30pm, Thursday, March 24, 2022 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Global Solidarity against the Invasion: Voices from Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia – Against states and the militarization of the planet [Video]

(I ripped this from Enough 14, a blog which, along with CrimethInc, is banned by CrackBook.)

See : Squatters Take Over Russian Oligarch’s London Mansion: ‘You Occupy Ukraine, We Occupy You’, Kate Nicholson, Huffington Post, March 14, 2022.

Below is a vid featuring Salem, a libertarian-socialist in Kyiv and founder of Operation Solidarity; Yana, a Russian anarchist and a participant in The Network support campaign; and Ivan, of the Anarchist Black Cross Belarus. They discuss the current situation in these territories, the response of anarchists and anti-fascists, field questions, and suggest how others elsewhere can express solidarity. The event was co-hosted by the Anti-authoritarian Movement Athens/Nosotros EKX and CrimethInc.

After two dark pandemic years, warmonger States are militarizing the planet, drowning whole societies in blood in order to accomplish their power games. In this online discussion, comrades from Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia speak about how the invasion of Ukraine has impacted their societies and communities, describing the forms that resistance to the invasion is taking in all three contexts and how people elsewhere around the world can raise and support efforts to stop it.

Comrades in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine need our help — here’s a few ways you can offer some:

• Donate here to Operation Solidarity in Ukraine.
• Donate here to OVD-info, an independent news source about protest movements in Russia.

• Donate via Paypal to the Anarchist Black Cross in Moscow: [email protected]
• Donate via Paypal to the Anarchist Black Cross in Belarus: [email protected]

See/hear also : avtonom.org and Anarchist Militant for news and perspectives | Крас – мат // CRAS AIT – KRAS IWA | Yeah Nah Pasaran! #012 w Antti Rautiainen on ‘The Network’, Russia & anti-fascism : April 2, 2020 | Ukrainian Anarchists Mobilize for Armed Defense, Draw Solidarity from Abroad as Russia Invades, The WannabeWonk, Militant Wire, March 3, 2022.

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