Reclaim Australia Does The Splits


After several days of bitter internal disputes, Shermon Burgess (aka ‘The Great Aussie Patriot’) — the face of anti-Muslim movement ‘Reclaim Australia’ — has declared that ‘Reclaim Australia’ is dead and that a new organisation, called the ‘United Patriotic Front’, has been formed to take its place. According to Burgess, the UPF will initially consist of himself, local (Melbourne) fascist Blair Cottrell (aka ‘National Democratic Party of Australia’), local neo-Nazi and convicted anti-Semite Neil Erikson (aka ‘Nationalist Republican Guard’), deeply unpopular former ‘Rise Up Australia Party’ candidate (Queensland state election, Oxley, 2013) and semi-professional Islamophobe Scott Moerland, ‘Rise Up Australia Party’ leader and Christian fundamentalist Pastor Daniel Nalliah and a handful of other Facebook personalities.


Perhaps the first thing that should be noted is that Dr James Saleam’s Australia First Party declared itself in favour of organising a ‘United Patriotic Front’ way back in January 2011. The concept was also invoked by Brisbane party member Aaron Heaps at the time of the ill-fated attempt by AFP to hold a rally in Brisbane in May 2014 in solidarity with the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn (the Golden Dawn leadership is currently on trial in Greece, accused of organising murders and a range of other violent crimes and of constituting a criminal organisation). (See : Australia’s Golden Dawn Rally Falls Embarrassingly Flat, Lauren Gillin, Vice, May 7, 2014.)


Secondly, Burgess’s dummy-spit follows declarations by the organisers of RA in Bunbury (WA), Canberra and Hervey Bay (QLD) to leave the RA fold, seemingly on the basis of either: a) resentment at the lack of consultation from the RA committee and/or; b) an unwillingness to promote RA merch on account of the fact that it’s produced in Bangladesh (a Muslim country). It also follows upon the denunciation of Burgess by Mike Holt (aka ‘Restore Australia’) as a public embarrassment, due in part to his attacks upon individuals associated with RA in Hervey Bay and elsewhere as ‘traitors’.

Thirdly, Burgess has registered the name ‘Reclaim Australia Rallies’ with ASIC while Monika Evers (of ‘Stop the Mosque in Bendigo’ fame) apparently retains copyright of the RA logo. As a result, both are presumably in a position to determine who else can employ the name and logo in order to conduct and to promote anti-Muslim activity.

Fourthly, a coalition comprising neo-Nazis, fascists and Christian fundamentalists — united only by a shared hatred of Muslims and a mawkishly sentimental nationalism — is an inherently unstable one, and it would be surprising to see it last long. Nalliah himself claims both that God speaks to him and that, more notoriously perhaps, the Victorian bushfires of 2009 — which killed 173 people — were God’s punishment for the Victorian state government’s decision to decriminalise abortion. The coalition functioned tolerably well on April 4, when Nalliah’s followers in Melbourne were joined by neo-Nazis and a host of other Islamophobes, but seems unlikely to have much of a future beyond this. Then again …

Finally, Burgess’s decision to form a Front may also be evidence of a determination to form a network that is more solidly based on a radical, right-wing agenda. The rally organised by local fascists to take place at Richmond Town Hall on May 31 will provide some indication of the ability of the Front to mobilise against the ‘communist traitors’ it believes infests local councils (Stephen Jolly, a member of the Socialist Party, is the councillor for Langridge Ward), as well as the appeal of explicitly ‘anti-leftist’ political activity.

What do you think?

antifa notes (may 18, 2015)

In response to the announcement of a Senate inquiry into food certification, Guy Rundle has written the following article for Crikey, arguing that the local Jewish community (among others), needs to adopt a more public position on anti-Muslim prejudice. See : Food industry back Senate certification inquiry, hopes to address ‘misinformation’ about halal, Anna Vidot, ABC Rural, May 14, 2015 | Cory Bernardi Has Won A Senate Inquiry Into Halal Food And Goshdarnit, People Still Aren’t Taking Him Seriously, Meg Watson, Junkee, May 14, 2015 | Cory Bernardi forces parliamentary inquiry into halal and kosher certifications, The Sydney Morning Herald, May 14, 2015.

A few notes below …


Rundle: why Jews (and everyone) need to stand up for halal
May 14, 2015

The moral degeneration of the right continues apace, with the announcement that hard-right Catholic Senator Cory Bernardi has won support for his inquiry into halal food certification. The halal certification furore — the suggestion that it is somehow being used to fund Islamist terror abroad — is known in other Western countries, but only in Australia has it become a dominant obsession. If they have any evidence of halal certification companies funnelling money to shady groups overseas, they should present them to the police. There has been none, and the bizarre inquiry is simply a way of harassing and disrupting Muslim religious practices.

Bernardi is simply continuing his long and obsessive history of trying to construct Muslims as non-citizens, outside the rights and freedoms extended to everyone else. His position — celebrating “Australian values” in this — is utterly incoherent, since one of the few codified rights we do enjoy comes from section 116 of the constitution, guaranteeing freedom of religious observance. His focus on Muslims comes from his chauvinist Catholic beliefs — a conviction that there is not merely one truth, but The Truth, and that all others must toe the line. For chauvinist Christians of this type, Muslims are particularly egregious, because their religion breaches the injunction contained in Revelations, the final book of the Bible, that nothing should be added to the holy books after that one. That Muslims incorporate Jesus into their traditions and treat him as a prophet but do not recognise his divinity drives people like Bernardi wild. They can’t let it go.

Of course, there was another religion that the Catholics couldn’t leave alone for centuries, and that was the Jews. They came before, not after, and that meant they didn’t accept Christ’s divinity either. Furthermore, their maintenance of taboo practices was an affront to Christianity. Christianity is simply a fusion of Jewish monotheism with the universality of the Pax Romana that had conquered Judaea. The Pax Romana said that all who lived under the empire were part of it, from Cumbria to the Persian border. The Pax Christi adapted that and said that all humanity was open to salvation, not simply one tribe — and, in doing so, said that tribal taboos were thus abolished by Christ’s divinity, by God coming down to Earth in human form.

For that reason, Jewish taboo laws formed the focus of Christian persecution for centuries — and would become central to it when, in the late 1800s, some obscure Russian-Christian sect created an earlier hysteria about “certification” and argued that the blood of Christian children formed part of Jewish food rituals. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion formed one strand of the refocusing of Jew-hatred/anti-Semitism that would end in the Holocaust.

Let’s be clear about this: halal and kosher are pretty much the same thing, with variations, and an attack on halal is an attack on kosher — and on the concrete practice of religions that involve taboos and observance. Concerns about the alleged money trail of halal certification is, paradoxically, a cover for an obsessive interest in the “purity” of food that has been subject to halal certification. For Muslims, halal food is pure, or at least, permitted; for the obsessive right, the very act of halal certification is a form of contamination. It is a part of the Australian right’s intellectual collapse into myth and magical thinking. It’s inevitable that Bernardi is joined in his obsession by Andrew Bolt.

Personally, I have no doubt that there is no trace of Jew-hatred/anti-Semitism in either Cory Bernardi or Andrew Bolt, but in pushing their line on halal they are playing with fire, because many in the Reclaim Australia and other movements that hang on their every word are Jew-haters and channel every shitty obsession about Jews that has filled the 20th century. Islamophobia? That’s a substitute. Islam was a separate world for centuries, and could be warred with or dealt with as seen fit. Judaism lived at the heart of Christendom for two millennia, and would not die, and its community had solidarity and enterprise — and thus it is a standing abomination to Roman Catholic chauvinist thinking, which has to see the Roman/Christian version as originary and without precedent. It is this need to eradicate the original, Jewish, root of Christianity that has fuelled the frenzied nature of Jew-hatred/anti-Semitism in the modern era.

And it’s time Jewish peak bodies, rabbis and others got a bit interested in this — not merely out of solidarity with a fellow taboo-anchored religion, though that would be nice — but because Jew-hatred/anti-Semitism is on the march again in Australia. Not the confected kind, whereby anyone who crticises Israel is an “anti-Semite”, the real kind, channelling all the obsessions of the last century. Talk to bikies — not all bikies by any means — at a Reclaim Australia rally, and you’ll hear the old Jew-hatred, anti-Semitism, the “socialism of fools”, all the old tunes: how sneaky the Jews are, how they run things, how an ordinary bloke can’t get ahead, 9/11, Building 7, the works. Then ask them about Israel, and you’ll find they’re Zionists to a core. Why? Well anti-Semitic Zionism has a long history, but in this case it’s about plain sight. Israel is “the good Jews”, i.e. landed, nationalised and not a tribal presence in Christian society, who are the “bad Jews”.

This crap is spreading again in Western society, and the cynical determination of Jewish/Zionist peak bodies to label all critics of Israel as anti-Semitic has helped it spread far and wide. Jew-hater/anti-Semite used to be a serious charge — it’s junk now, used to forward Israel’s foreign policy, with the interests of non-Israeli Jews coming a distant second.

In Australia, Jewish community peak bodies need to get really interested in this — because an attack on halal is an attack on kosher, an attack on the legitimacy of relatively autonomous cultural communities within a wider whole. They need to understand that the current no longer runs with them as it did in the hey-day of multiculturalism. Quite aside from actual Jew-hating fascists in Reclaim Australia, there is a reduced tolerance for difference in … middle-class society, compared to say the 1980s. The neo-atheism of Dawkins, Hitchens, etc, has had its effect — there is less tolerance for, say, the orthodox communities of Caulfield, with their strange clothes, their gender-assigning roles, etc, than there once was. Anti-halal can easily flow into anti-kosher, and when they come for the gefilte fish, and I said nothing because gefilte fish, meh … if only there were a poem that said all this.

The leaders of a lot of Jewish community peak bodies are so desperate to run interference for Israel that they won’t speak up about this stuff. They need to. If they don’t, then groups of prominent Jews need to, to defend the right of religion to organise itself without harassment. That’s solidarity. But it’s also forward defence, against an Australian right that is, bizarrely, channeling every crackpot and pernicious obsession of old Europe, at pace, and disguising it with a cloak of pseudo-rationality.


• On my reading, the local Jewish community has not been as silent on the anti-halal campaign as Rundle believes. See : Senior Rabbi Moshe Gutnick says anti-halal campaign ‘ignorant and prejudiced’, The Age, April 26, 2015. Prior to this (April 7), the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) issued a statement condemning Reclaim Australia for “advocating and inciting religious intolerance which took place over the weekend”.

• The link between the neo-Nazi right and Reclaim Australia (RA) is an intimate one: it was present at its beginnings and is ongoing. In the context of a discussion of the position of Jewish groups in Australia, it’s therefore worth keeping in mind that ‘Nationalist Republican Guard’ — the neo-Nazi groupuscule responsible for collaborating with Shermon Burgess in promoting the event — is largely the work of Neil Luke Erikson, a neo-Nazi with a criminal conviction for harassing a local (Melbourne) rabbi. See also : “Give me the money Jew or else I will get you” (antifa notes, feb 16, 2014) | No jail for Melb man for racist calls, SBS/AAP, February 14, 2014. Otherwise, the neo-Nazi and fascist right has hopped on board the RA bandwagon, was present on April 4 and will also make itself known on July 18/19.


• There’s another kid on the fascist bloc: the ‘National Democratic Party of Australia’ (which is neither national, democratic nor a party). The group had a rather inauspicious beginning, ripping off a WA design company (and the WA RSL) to produce NDP agitprop. A convinced racialist, its chief spokesperson, Blair Cottrell, has some association with the Australia First Party and Nationalist Alternative, both of which had a presence on April 4 and are also committed to returning on July 18/19. The sometime leader of NAlt, Mark Hootsen, was also once ‘White Australian’, one of two mods on Stormfront Downunder. As such, he summarised his opinion on the role of The Jew in Australian politics by way of the following:


• The NDP, NAlt, other neo-Nazi groupuscules and various Muslim-hating folks have declared that on May 31 @ 2pm they will be assembling at Richmond Town Hall in order to publicly denounce Islam and leftism. The rally appears to have been triggered by the presence of Steve Jolly on Yarra Council and the Socialist Party’s role in promoting opposition to RA. On the same day and at the time in the city a forum is taking place to discuss ‘Uniting Against Islamophobia: How can we stop Islamophobia?’.

Among those who’ve indicated that they’ll be attending the rally in Richmond is Croatian neo-Nazi Matty Ljubic:


Note that Ljubic has invited Jamie Lazarro of the ‘Full Blooded Skips’ gang to join him on May 31; the FBS also having been in attendance on April 4 and seemingly having very close relations with a range of local neo-Nazis.

#ReclaimAustralia ~versus~ RALLY AGAINST RACISM (#Melbourne, Saturday, July 18)

• After a sparkling debut on April 4, Reclaim Australia is returning to Melbourne on Saturday, July 18 (coincidentally, the 79th anniversary of the Spanish civil war and revolution).

Neo-Nazis (Nationalist Republican Guard & Co.) are once again at the heart of organising and promoting the event, along with a range of other fascists, white nationalists and a liquorice all-sorts of folks who just plain hate Muslims (and leftists).

As was the case with April 4, the Reclaim event in Melbourne is being opposed by a coalition of groups and individuals. See : RALLY AGAINST RACISM – Stop #ReclaimAustralia – Melbourne Saturday July 18 [Facebook]. See also : Reclaiming reality, Andy Fleming, overland, April 23, 2015.


• As an aside John Oliver, a member of the anti-Muslim group Patriots Defence League Australia (an Australian Defence League splinter), claims to have has established some kinda fund to hunt me down. Ho hum.


• There’s a new kid on the fascist bloc: the ‘National Democratic Party of Australia’. Inspired by Reclaim Australia and the bRanes-child of a local (Melbourne) white nationalist, Blair Cottrell, the party got off to a rocky start when it was discovered that in order to produce fascist agitprop the group had ripped off a designer contracted by the RSL in WA to re-brand ANZAC Day. Further, the NDP has entered into what is already a fairly crowded far-right field so I don’t expect it’ll get very far even if it produces 1,000 stickers.


antifa notes (march 26, 2015) : #ReclaimAustralia (again)

What’s a racism?


Racist Reclaim Australia organisers complaining that their racist rally is attracting racists.


The ‘Reclaim Australia’ (RA) rallies are just nine days away now. Folks in Melbourne and elsewhere are organising various activities to oppose these public exercises in racial and religious vilification. Please see : SYDNEY | PERTH | MELBOURNE | GOLD COAST | CANBERRA | BRISBANE | ADELAIDE.

The main promoter of RA, Shermon Burgess (‘The Great Aussie Patriot’), has been busy working with the neo-Nazis of ‘Nationalist Republican Guard’ (NRG) to produce (increasingly bIzArRe) YouTube videos promoting the rallies and is otherwise doing his best to whip up anti-Muslim sentiment. Given the general political climate and the PM’s recent doubtful speech on national security, this is not a very difficult task and brings many dividends. See, for example : Muslim woman speaks out about attack on Sydney train, says she was targeted because of religion, Mohamed Taha, ABC, March 24, 2015.

As for ‘The Great Aussie Patriot’, as well as being active for several years as a member of the ‘Australian Defence League’, Burgess also wrote songs for his studio project ‘Eureka Brigade’ glorifying violence against Muslims and asylum seekers and praising the ADL’s leader Ralph Cerminara. Cerminara, along with teenage sidekick Zane Commins (19), lead an unsuccessful crusade to Lakemba in late December 2014, ending up being arrested and charged with affray and behaving in an offensive manner.

From the beginning of 2015, Burgess has been co-producing promotional videos for the rallies with members of a tiny neo-Nazi group called ‘Nationalist Republican Guard’ (NRG, est. January 2013). NRG evolved out of another tiny grouplet called ‘European Australian Civil Rights League’ (EARL) but was/is otherwise an extension of the Melbourne-based neo-Nazi group ‘Nationalist Alternative’ (NAlt).

NAlt underwent an acrimonious split midway thru last year and its leader publicly named and shamed by some of its unhappy campers as Mark Hootsen. Hootsen was also until that time one of two mods on ‘Stormfront Downunder’, one of the world’s leading neo-Nazi/White supremacist websites and home to many of Australia’s fascists (including of course the Australia First Party).

For a short period following the split, the NAlt Facebook page published a range of bizarre materials attacking the group’s former leader — it has since been closed and an alternative FB page published. NRG has a Facebook page here. Its last post, published on November 8, 2014, is a link to a ‘humourous’ video titled ‘Hitler approves of NRG’.

The naughty boys of NRG briefly came to public attention in February 2014 when one of its members, Neil Luke Erikson, was convicted of harrassing a local rabbi — though Erikson’s long history of neo-Nazi activism was AFAIK never a matter discussed in court. In passing sentence on Erikson:

Magistrate Donna Bakos said she had no doubt Erikson’s calls were motivated by prejudice and found he had little remorse for his crime. But she ignored prosecution pleas to jail Erikson, sentencing him instead to psychological assessment and treatment in the community. “There is no other explanation except that they were motivated by prejudice, if not hatred, toward the victim because of his race,” she told Erikson. “It is degrading. It is hurtful. It is not to be tolerated.” Erikson, of Heidelberg West, pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court to stalking Rabbi Gutnick over the calls made in December 2012 and January 2013. Erikson told a forensic psychologist after his arrest he had many “Aussie Aryan friends” whom he found more entertaining than his other mates. He also said the calls were made as a practical joke.

Hurr hurr.

The fact that Burgess has hopped into bed with a convicted anti-Semite and neo-Nazis appears to have had precisely zero effect on his followers: they simply do not care, and neither does Burgess. Thus, while some of those who are happy to publicly express bitter hatred for Muslims also claim not to hate Jews, their sleazy alliances have not gone unnoticed and, I hope, will not go unchallenged either.

Shermon Burgess, James Richard Gilhome, Mike Holt & Co ~versus~ Robert Godino


Last week James Richard Gilhome, a meatheaded fanboy of Burgess’s from Tasmania, claimed online to have determined that the author of this blog is a man by the name of Robert Godino. He’s wrogn, but the story has taken on a life of its own and now appears widely on social media, in particular on the Facebook page of Mike Holt’s bizarr0 ‘Restore Australia’ (By Getting Rid Of The Muslims). As well as describing Godino as “scum” and a “turd”, Holt accuses Godino of having engaged in criminal behavior (for which he has been reported to police). Asked if he had any concern over the potential problems Godino may face as a result as having been nominated in this fashion, Holt says ‘no’ and adds that he accepts full (legal, moral and political) responsibility for publishing Godino’s name, address, photo, email and claiming that he is the author of this blog.


— a sample of some of the commentary appears below.














Reclaim Australia Melbourne


Right-wing Xtian homophobe Pastor Danny Nalliah is being joined by Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman at Reclaim Australia in Melbourne on April 4. You may remember Chapman from such tweets as ‘a disturbing image of babies with mutilated genitals’ sent ‘to a woman who supported a [mosque] development’ in Bendigo.

Truly a star-studded line-up.

Reclaim 4BC

4BC radio has a piece on ‘Reclaim Australia’ starring Scott Moerland, a member of the Christian fundamentalist party ‘Rise Up Australia’ (RUAP). Moerland was RUAP’s candidate for the seat of Oxley at the 2013 federal election. He placed last of eight candidates, receiving 400 votes (0.53%). RUAP’s leader, Danny Nalliah, claims that God speaks to him and that the Victorian bushfires of early 2009 were God’s punishment for the state government liberalising abortion laws: Nalliah will be speaking at the Melbourne rally.

antifa notes (march 20, 2015) : #ReclaimAustralia

In just over two weeks, flag-waving Islamophobes, White nationalists, neo-Nazis and other radical right-wing elements will be attending one of several rallies to ‘Reclaim Australia’ (RA) …

… from the Muslim ruling class.


Among those jumping on the Muslim-hating bandwagon is US neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer. You may remember Daily Stormer from such online hate campaigns as that directed at Australian Muslim lawyer Mariam Veiszadeh, Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane (‘Operation: Filthy Chink Rat’) and Jewish Labor MP Luciana Berger (‘Operation: Filthy Jew Bitch’).

Daily Stormer believes that attendance at the rallies by neo-Nazis and White supremacists will provide them with good opportunities to meet like-minded individuals — and to recruit them. So does the Australia First Party, Nationalist Alternative and various other neo-fascist and neo-Nazi grouplets, including of course Nationalist Republican Guard (NRG) (see : slackbastard ~versus~ Australia First Party, Daily Stormer, Reclaim Australia (etc.), March 10, 2015).

NRG has for the last few months been joined by the face of RA, Shermon Burgess. Together they’ve produced a steady stream of YouTube videos promoting Adolf Hitler RA and warning Strayans about the dangers Muslims pose. NRG and Burgess’s videos are fairly poor-quality productions. In this sense, they’re very similar to Burgess’s previous expedition into music by way of ‘Eureka Brigade’ (EB). The band’s songs, inter alia, celebrated killing Muslims and burning down mosques.

Much of the material EB recorded has been removed from teh intarwebs, but some of their (appalling) efforts at making ‘Rock Against Communism’ muzak have been preserved on the ReclaimWhat site here. FWIW, Burgess’s bandmate, Alex John Wentworth, manages to capture the spirit of ‘patriotism’ on display at RA — and the easy-going nature Strayans are famous for the world over — in the following quip:


Hurr hurr.

In other news, Iggy Gavrilidis, the leader of the Australian branch of Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, is reportedly one of the speakers at the Melbourne RA rally (though I doubt he’ll be making an appearance). Pastor Danny Nalliah is also rumoured to be appearing in Melbourne and if he does will presumably be bringing with him a carnival of Christian fundamentalists. Otherwise, the stellar cast of performers at the Gold Coast includes disgraced former soldier Bernard Gaynor and crank cartoonist Larry Pickering.

On another, bizarre note, a Sydney Hobart resident and Burgess fan named James Richard Gilhome has popped a detecting hat on his head and come to the conclusion that I’m some other fella named Robert Godino. How did the citizen detective arrive at this startling conclusion? Here, James explains how his bRanes works:


I suppose the only thing worth adding is that Gilhome’s cavalier attitude towards the possible repercussions for Robert Godino being identified as myself mirrors the attitude Burgess has towards working with convicted anti-Semites to promote patriotism.

Ho hum.

Finally, organisers in Melbourne claim to have received approval from Federation Square management to hold their hate rally in the heart of town. If correct, it would be a rather remarkable PR venture for Fed Square, which has to this point been more commonly associated with the promotion of liberal multiculturalism rather than, say, murderous hatred of Muslims.

You can contact Federation Square management here.