2018 Victorian state election : Left / Right : Results!

See : 2018 Victorian state election : far right (and left) candidates (November 10, 2018).

As the results have now been finalised (see : ABC | VEC), I thought I’d take a look and see how the (far) left and the (far) right fared at the 2018 Victorian state election. But before I do, I recommend watching Tom Tanuki’s incisive analysis of some of the more, ah, colourful candidates. (Also, give Mr Tanuki’s new Facebook page a like.)

LEFT

Outside of Labor and the Greens, the main left-wing candidates belonged to the recently-formed (February) Victorian Socialists. While VS ran candidates in every Upper House region and 18 (of 88) seats in the Lower House, most of their energies were focused upon the Northern Metropolitan region, where Steve Jolly was lead candidate. The party fared reasonably well in the region, scoring more votes (4.2%) than all other contestants apart from Labor (42.58%), The Greens (16.76%) and The Liberals (16.48%). VS:

The results are officially in. The Victorian Socialists received 18927 votes for our Upper House ticket in the Northern Metropolitan region.

Unfortunately, despite winning 3771 more votes than Fiona’s Patten’s Reason, her preference deals mean she is taking the 5th spot.

The ALP won 2 places, the Greens and Liberals 1 each.

Thanks again to all our amazing volunteers and voters.

The strength of the campaign and the excellent vote make the case that the Victorian Socialists will not just be some flash in the pan.

Victorian Socialists are here to stay! With a Federal election on the horizon, stay tuned for the next steps.

*Joe Toscano also ran in the seat of Albert Park. He got 282 votes (0.71%).

RIGHT

Australia First

The Australia First Party ran one solitary lonesome single candidate in the election: Susan Jakobi in Cranbourne. Jakobi contested the federal seat of Lalor for the party in 2016, gaining 3,232 (3.0%) votes and placing fifth of five candidates; with the benefit of the donkey vote, in 2018 in Cranbourne, Jakobi got 1,265 votes (2.47%), placing sixth of nine candidates.

Australian Liberty Alliance

The ALA ran one candidate in the Lower House seat of Yan Yean and in every Upper House region. Also having the advantage of securing the donkey vote, Siobhann Brown scored 1,232 votes (2.50%) and came sixth of eight candidates. The contest was notable for the fact that the Liberal candidate, Meralyn Klein, was disendorsed by the party after she appeared in an ALA video. (Members of her extended family actually campaigned against her.)

In the Upper House, the ALA faced off against VS. How did each fare?

Eastern Metropolitan
BIVIECA AQUINO, Indhira : 1,859 / 0.44%
WILDING, Royston : 71 / 0.02% [1,930 / 0.46%]
vs
RUNDLE, Norrian : 1,735 / 0.41%
WARD, Liam : 152 / 0.04% [1,887 / 0.45%]

Northern Metropolitan
GOMEZ, Russell : 1,653 / 0.37%
REISNER, John : 36 / 0.01% [1,689 / 0.38%]
vs
JOLLY, Stephen : 18,200 / 4.04%
BOLTON, Sue : 616 / 0.14%
BOLGER, Colleen : 111 / 0.02% [18,927 / 4.20%]

South-Eastern Metropolitan
MADDISON, David Sydney : 2,291 / 0.52%
SCHUMANN, Ralf : 28 / 0.01% [2,319 / 0.53%]
vs
MYLVAGANAM, Aran : 1,172 / 0.27%
REID, Ben : 59 / 0.01% [1,231 / 0.28%]

Southern Metropolitan Region
YEMINI, Avi : 2,062 / 0.48%
JONES, Kaylah : 13 / 0.00% [2,075 / 0.48%]
vs
LEWIS, Catheryn : 1,935 / 0.45%
MITCHELL, Ivan : 116 / 0.03% [2,051 / 0.48%]

Western Metropolitan
COHEN, Francine : 3,231 / 0.70%
FRANKLIN, Terri : 56 / 0.01% [3,287 / 0.71%]
vs
JORQUERA, Jorge : 2,624 / 0.57%
CHARLES, Andrew : 135 / 0.03% [2,759 / 0.601%]

Eastern Victoria
BROWN, Mark : 2,600 / 0.56%
JONES, Daniel : 52 / 0.01% [2,652 / 0.57%]
vs
CRUSE, Lainie : 971 / 0.21%
FORDEN, Russell : 46 / 0.01% [1,017 / 0.22%]

Northern Victoria
MCDONALD, Ewan : 3,644 / 0.80%
WYLIE, James : 84 / 0.02% [3,728 / 0.82%]
vs
MACDONALD, Moira : 1,240 / 0.27%
McKENNA, Michael : 85 / 0.02% [1,325 / 0.29%]

Western Victoria
NICHOLLS, Kenneth : 2,355 / 0.51%
MACDONALD, Daniel : 30 / 0.01% [2,385 / 0.52%]
vs
GOODEN, Tim : 3,296 / 0.72%
ISKRA, Nada : 110 / 0.02% [3.406 / 0.74%]

Overall Upper House results
AUSTRALIAN LIBERTY ALLIANCE : 20,065 / 0.56%
VICTORIAN SOCIALISTS : 32,603 / 0.91%

Apart from the ALP, the Biggest winner at the election was likely preference whisperer and Derryn Hinch staffer Glenn Druery. Thanks largely to his lucrative backroom shenanigans, the Upper House has been blessed with no fewer than 11 cross-benchers: Greens 1 (-4); Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party 3 (+3); Shooters, Fishers and Farmers 1 (-1); Liberal Democrats 2 (+2); Animal Justice Party 1 (+1); Labour DLP 0 (-1); Fiona Patten’s Reason Party 1 (-); Sustainable Australia 1 (+1); Transport Matters Party 1 (+1); Vote 1 Local Jobs 0 (-1). ABC:

Three other parties are making their debut in state politics: Transport Matters, Animal Justice Party and Sustainable Australia.

Sustainable Australia won a spot despite wining just 1.32 per cent of the vote in Southern Metro, compared to the Greens who were unsuccessful with 13.5 per cent.

The Liberal Democrats in South East Metro won a seat with just 0.84 per cent of the vote.

See also : Ken Knabb on ‘Representative democracy versus delegate democracy’.

2018 Victorian state election : far right (and left) candidates

Below : Serial pest Neil Erikson interrupts a Channel 7 broadcast from Bourke Street yesterday. ALA candidate Avi Yemini also sought to capitalise upon the tragedy, today holding a smol rally at the site. This political opportunism is explored by the Online Hate Prevention Institute in Bourke Street Attack November 2018.

In a truly shocking development, serial pests Neil Erikson and Ricky Turner (‘Cooks Convicts’) will not be standing for office at the Victorian state election on November 24. Shocking and surprising, given that back in June, barrister John Bolton successfully argued for an alteration to their bail conditions on the basis that they needed their freedumbs to be political ‘n’ that (Right-wing activists face court, then announce plans for own party, Amber Wilson, The Age, June 8, 2018):

Outside court, Mr Erikson said Mr Turner, aka “Ricky T”, planned to stand as a political candidate for a yet-to-be established far-right political party called Cooks Convicts with a focus on “Australian values”.

He said he hoped the group could register before the November Victorian election, but couldn’t confirm which electorates they would contest.

“We’re going to be running on old-school, anti-PC policies,” Mr Erikson said.

Instead of and/or, Erikson is urging a vote for Lobster Guy and the party of Law & Order:

Australia First

Susan Jakobi is running for the Australia First Party in the seat of Cranbourne as an independent (the party is not registered in Victoria). Jakobi contested the federal seat of Lalor for the party in 2016, gaining 3,232 (3.0%) votes and placing fifth of five candidates.

Australian Liberty Alliance

With the decision by Cory Bernardi’s Conservatives and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation not to field candidates, together with the departure of the Australian Christians, Family First and Rise Up Australia Party, the ALA is the only right-wing micro-party still having a crack in 2018. Antony Green:

The overall fall from 545 to 507 candidates masks a significant shift to the left in the party composition of nominations.

Three small moral conservative parties that contested the 2014 election are no longer registered, Family First, Rise Up Australia, and the Australian Christians.

Family First contested all 88 electorates in 2006, 69 in 2010 and 39 in 2014. The Australian Christian[s] contested 30 electorates in 2014 and Rise Up Australia 32. In total this means there are 101 fewer candidates representing small parties of the right …

Family First and parts of the Australian Christians have been absorbed by [Cory] Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives, hoping to improve conservative prospects of winning Senate seats at the next federal election. The absorption of Family First into the Australian Conservatives was also a consequence of former Senator Bob Day’s departure from politics.

Despite having registered for the 2018 election, neither the Australian Conservatives nor Pauline Hanson’s One Nation have nominated candidates for the election. This leaves a hole on the right of Victorian politics that may boost the Coalition primary vote but will have little other impact on the overall result.

Funnily enough, in every Upper House region the ALA will be pitted against the newly-formed Victorian Socialists:

Eastern Metropolitan
Indhira Bivieca & Royston Wilding* (ALA) vs Norrian Rundle & Liam Ward (VS)
Northern Metropolitan
Russell Gomez & John Reisner vs Stephen Jolly, Sue Bolton & Colleen Bolger
South-Eastern Metropolitan
David Sydney Maddison & Ralf Schumann vs Aran Mylvaganam & Ben Reid
Southern Metropolitan Region
‘Tiny’ Avi Yemini & Kaylah Jones vs Catheryn Lewis & Ivan Mitchell
Western Metropolitan
Francine Cohen & Terri Franklin vs Jorge Jorquera & Andrew Charles

Eastern Victoria
Mark Brown & Daniel Jones vs Lainie Cruse & Russell Forden
Northern Victoria
Ewan McDonald & James Wylie vs Moira McDonald & Michael McKenna
Western Victoria
Kenneth Nichols & Daniel MacDonald vs Tim Gooden & Nada Iskra

*Wilding stood as a candidate for the Secular Party for the seat of Melbourne in the 2013 federal election and with 230 votes (0.27%), Wilding came 12th of 16 candidates.

**Jones is best-known for being ‘Tiny’ Avi Yeminem’s personal bodyguard and as a semi-professional cosplayer (Melbourne’s answer to George Jameson), but was last seen helping to provide, along with some Lads, security for the March for Babies. He’s pictured below in the company of Tiny and members of The Lads and True Blue Crew at the Milo Yiannopoulos event at Melbourne Pavilion in December 2017. (In the second image Jones, who works in the security industry, fantasises about being given a licence to kill.)

The ALA is also running a candidate, Siobhann Brown, in the Lower House seat of Yan Yean.

Victorian Socialists

As for the Victorian Socialists, they’re running candidates in no fewer than 15 districts: Bellarine (Jackie Kriz); Broadmeadows (Jerome Small); Buninyong (Jane McKendrick); Geelong (Sarah Hathway); Lara (Dean Cardigan); Lowan (Trevor Grenfell); Melton (Ron Guy); Pascoe Vale (Gerry Beaton); Polwarth (Brendan Murphy); Preston (Stephanie Price); Ripon (Bronwyn Jennings); South Barwon (David Ball); South-West Coast (Terry Riggs); Thomastown (Kath Larkin) and; Wendouree (Jeremy Smith).

While the Socialist Alliance and Socialist Alternative have thrown their weight behind the Victorian Socialists, sadly, the Socialist Equality Party (which ran four candidates at the 2015 NSW state election), will not be running any candidates at this election (and has denounced the Victorian Socialists as ‘pseudo-left’). Solidarity, for its part, took note of the Victorian Socialists in a recent article on the election.

October 6, 2018 : “International Freedom of Speech Day” : LOLWUT

Blink and you might have missed it, but Saturday, October 6 was ‘International Freedom of Speech Day’, with ‘International’ having the operative meaning of ‘Wiley Park in Sydney and Docklands in Melbourne’ and ‘Freedom of Speech’ ‘whining about Facebook and the Racial & Religious Tolerance Act‘.

Organised by Adelaide-based law-talking guy John Bolton, two months of solid promotion on social media yielded … well, not a lot, really. Thus, maybe 30 or so patriotik Volk joined John at Wiley Park, where they listened to him whine alongside his neo-Nazi client Blair Cottrell and er, Nick Folkes (ex-Party for Freedom). Included in the audience was ‘Mark McDonald’/’Tyler Winchester’, formerly of ‘Squadron 88’ but now of the Sydney franchise of ‘The Lads Society’, NSW True Blue Crew lvl boss ‘Mitch(ell) van Dam’, and various members of both grouplets (Dwayne Bullen, Max Towns), former Reclaimers and Peanuts — even Rino ‘Bluebeard’ Grgurovic put in an appearance.

In Melbourne, the very smol rally was organised, appropriately enough, by ‘Tiny’ Avi Yemini. On stage he was joined by Fraser ‘Final Solution’ Anning and ‘Australian Liberty Alliance’ boss and wealthy gadabout, the Perth-based Debbie Robinson. As usual, Daniel Jones and George Jameson played dress-ups, some other pretend ‘Soldiers’ (of Odin) were present, but most in the crowd of perhaps 50 seemed to be drawn from Tiny’s facebook klvt and/or were elderly racists. The only interesting moment, of course, was when a deadset legend exercised his Freeze Peach by asking Anning if the allegation that he’s a ‘massive f*cking c*nt’ is correct, to which the whiny manbabies naturally responded by screaming for the police to silence Our Hero.

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As for Bolton, he spoke at the Reclaim Australia rally in Adelaide in November 2015, a PEGIDA rally in Canberra in February 2016, an anti-refugee protest in Eltham in November 2016 and the final. ever. Reclaim rally in Sydney in January 2017. After being dropped by the ALA, Bolton ran as an Independent for the seat of Wakefield at the 2016 federal election and placed 6th of 7 candidates with 2,728 votes (2.84%).

More recently, Bolton joined a handful of Peanuts in Sydney in September last year to proclaim ‘Straight Lives Matter’ and in June this year expressed his support for poor old Sonia Kruger (see : How An Australian Television Host Became The Latest Free Speech Hero Of The Far-Right, Brad Esposito & Lane Sainty, Buzzfeed, June 25, 2018). But while Bolton obviously enjoys the company of racists and fascists, his chief point of interest is, I suppose, his legal work on behalf of Melbourne-based neo-Nazi Blair Cottrell: apparently, Bolton is mos def gonna win in the High Court, and have Cottrell’s criminal conviction for arson drug trafficking inciting hatred for Muslims struck out because the Racial & Religious Tolerance Act‘ is like, totes un-Constitutional.

Arcadia Hotel : ‘South Yarra’s Favourite Pub’ (For Bigots)

Briefly:

1)

The Arcadia Hotel in South Yarra is tonight hosting a fund-raising event organised by local dingbat Avi Yemini and his micro-party, the ‘Australian Liberty Alliance’. You may remember Avi from his failed attempt to bring Pauline Hanson to Caulfield, or perhaps his numerous dalliances with fascism and the far right as documented, for example, by the Australian Jewish Democratic Society///jews against fascism. His keenest supporter, and sometime bodyguard, at such events is Daniel Jones (‘Francis Castiglione’: below), who himself is a budding vigilante with a particular fear and loathing of African youth …

See also : 6+ Times Avi Yemini consorted with Neo-Nazis, AJDS, June 1, 2018.

2)

The event went ahead, despite some calls for the pub to reconsider. Such attempts were doomed from the start, however, as the proprietor, Ken Nicholls (below, with Dutch politician Geert Wilders, October 2015), is in fact an ally of the ALA and The Q Society, the venue having been used on several previous occasions to host events organised by Q and ALA, and Nicholls himself forming an important part of their political and social network.

TO BE CONTINUED …

antifa notes (february 11, 2018) : The Radical Right in Australia / Aryan Nations On Trial in Perth &tc

1) ‘The Radical Right in Australia’

OUP has published an essay on ‘The Radical Right in Australia’ by myself and Aurelien Mondon which you can read online or download for free here. The chapter is one of many in The Oxford Handbook of the Radical Right (edited by Jens Rydgren) which will be published in hard-copy in a few months and which is intended to provide the reader with ‘an authoritative state-of-the-art overview of the scholarship on the contemporary radical right’.

Compared to its European counterparts, Australia was for the most part spared the rise of powerful extreme right movements, and at times appeared immune to their appeal. However, rather than immunity, the absence of extreme right politics can be explained by the ability and willingness of mainstream politics to readily, openly, and officially absorb such values. This chapter discusses how, for most of the country’s history, Australian mainstream politicians suffocated the extreme right, not merely by borrowing some key ideas of the extreme right, but by negating entirely its ability to appear as an alternative to the power in place. It then turns to the 1990s and explores the rise of Hansonism and its impact on mainstream politics. The final part of the chapter is dedicated to the current state of radical right politics in Australia.

2) Aryan Fortitude

Members of the Perth-based neo-Nazi groupuscule ‘Aryan Nations’ were in court last week, charged with murder: ‘Robert Wayne Edhouse, 22, Melony Jane Attwood, 36, and Corey Joshua Dymock, 21, are on trial in WA’s Supreme Court accused of murdering Ms Atwood’s partner, 42-year-old Alan Taylor, at their Girrawheen home in April 2016’ (Aryan Nations white supremacist ‘death squad’ murdered man for insurance claim, court told, Joanna Menagh, ABC, February 8, 2018). See also : Aryan Nations Perth: FIFO worker Alan Taylor allegedly killed by Nazi ‘death squad’, Tim Clarke, PerthNow, February 8, 2018 | ‘Death squad’ on trial for brutal murder of Perth man, Tegan Sapwell, 9News, February 9, 2018.

Leaving to one side the horrific nature of the alleged crime, it’s worth noting that the Aryan Nations played host to members of the United Patriots Front (now known as ‘The Lads Society’) when they visited Perth in November 2015 in order to both attend a Reclaim Australia anti-Muslim rally as well as to announce the formation of their political party, ‘Fortitude’. Indeed, the announcement by Blair Cottrell — in the company of Melbourne-based UPF members Neil Erikson, Chris Shortis, Tom Sewell and Linden Watson and Perth-based members Kevin Coombes (‘Elijah Jacobson’) and Dennis Huts — would appear to have taken place in the same property which, just a few months later, was the site of the grisly murder by their Perth neo-Nazi kameraden.

3) Vigilantes R Us

Closer to home, local superhero Daniel Jones has been in the news, touting his business and the virtues of vigilantism.

Founder of Epping ‘community response group’ says they’re not vigilantes
Paul Shapiro
Whittlesea Leader
February 5, 2018

WHITTLESEA’s top cop has poured cold water on a crime-fighting “community response group” led by a martial-arts expert.

Daniel Jones, the owner of martial-arts school Tactical Force Combatives, is in the early stages of setting up a “community response group” to deal with thugs and criminals despite police discouraging the plan.

Mr Jones said he had no fear of being harmed physically while confronting offenders.

He denied the group would act as vigilantes but rather said it would provide a community service where people in “distress” could contact “interested parties in the local area that would be able to rush to their assistance”.

“We’re not vigilantes because we don’t want to hurt people, we just want to help people who are in danger,” Mr Jones said.

“I’d prefer to handle any situation verbally but it wouldn’t concern me if it did get physical because I’m more than capable [of] dealing with aggressive behaviour.”

Mr Jones specialises in Krav Maga, an Israeli military self-defence system, and has experience as a security guard.

He said anyone “smashing in a front door” would most likely flee when his team arrived.

However, Victoria Police were quick to discourage the plan …

Daniel certainly gets around the traps, sticking his face in at Reclaim rallies in 2015, acting as bodyguard to Avi Yemini at his rally against crimens in September and at the MILO stoopid in December 2017 and more recently palling around and conspiring with neo-Nazi Blair Cottrell at the nü neo-Nazi clubhouse in Cheltenham (at a meeting to talk about taking on #AfricanGangs).

4) On other islands …

In the United States, billionaires and their right-wing foot-soldiers on college campuses are stepping up attacks on academics and higher education.

Far-right attacks on faculty hurt us all, Jessie Daniels, Clarion, February 2018: ‘The increasing attacks on faculty are part of a well-funded and orchestrated campaign by the far right. Their strategy is to use social media to discredit academics and thereby devalue higher education.’
No Re-Turning Point, U.S.A., The Baffler, Maximillian Alvarez, January 26, 2018: ‘From the “Professor Watchlist” to Tariq Khan, TPUSA’s campaign to silence opposition.’
The Eye of the Troll Storm: Tariq Khan Interview with It’s Going Down, Black Rose/Rosa Negra, February 10, 2018:

In November, PhD student of history in Illinois, father, and Air Force veteran Tariq Khan, found himself in the center of a whirlwind of controversy, and a punching bag for a variety of Alt-Right and Alt-Lite blowhards – from InfoWars, to Gavin McInnes, to Anthony Scaramucci. Tariq stood accused of getting into a verbal argument with other students following a Trump protest, and the video of the argument, which shows people yelling at each other and ends in a phone being dropped on the ground, surfaced on the website, Campus Reform, the media wing of Turning Point USA. TPUSA is a growing collection of paleoconservative and Alt-Lite Libertarian students on campuses across the US, is financially backed by massive foundations and billionaires like the Koch Brothers, and is most known for harassing professors and students, often leading to individuals receiving massive amounts of death threats.

• Neo-Nazi organiser Elliott Kline (‘Eli Mosley’) was the go-to guy for JJJ’s Hack current affairs program back in August, called upon to explain to The Kids what happened in Charlottesville; he’s now been featured in an article for The New York Times (How Our Reporter Uncovered a Lie That Propelled an Alt-Right Extremist’s Rise, Emma Cott, February 5, 2018) which calls into question a number of aspects of his biography. Fingers xed, JJJ will have him back on to explain How Jews Control The Media. Oh, and in California, police have been collaborating with neo-Nazis in order to bring about prosecutions of anTEEfa (and otherwise being a nanny-state to fascists). See : California police worked with neo-Nazis to pursue ‘anti-racist’ activists, documents show, Same Levin, The Guardian, February 9, 2018.

• Finally, in the birthplace of Fascism, things are once again looking promising for the movement as a recent fascist terrorist attack ‘has highlighted the growing threat of Italy’s far right in the lead-up to the March 4 elections’ (Italy’s New Racist Storm, Richard Brodie, Jacobin, February 9, 2018).