2013 Australian federal election. How did the far right fare?

The Mad Monk is Australia’s NEW! Prime Minister.

HUZZAH!

Five days after polling closed, here’s the results obtained by the far right.

[NB. FINAL results will not be available for some days; I’ll update the numbers periodically.]

Australia First Party

AF stood 10 candidates for the Lower House (8 in NSW and one each in SA and VIC) and gambled on a seat in the Senate in NSW and QLD. The party’s main claim to fame during the campaign was being placed ahead of the Greens in NSW by the Wikileaks Party on its Senate ticket. This decision by WLP drew no small degree of criticism, the party claiming it was the result of an “administrative error” while others claiming it was the product of a backroom preference deal. In the end, AF (Garth Fraser and Darrell Wallbridge) received 3,626 votes (0.08%) in NSW [FINAL], while Wikileaks fared considerably better with 36,399 (0.83%). As for AF in QLD, teenage former Stalinist, neo-Nazi and Labor party candidate Peter Watson joined Peter Schuback in sharing 6,531 votes (0.25%; a decline of 0.15) [FINAL].

Despite having previously declared that he was going to snatch the seat of Cook from former opposition spokesperson on Immigration, Scott Morrison, Party fuehrer Dr Jim Saleam managed to acquire just 610 [FINAL] votes or 0.66%, coming last among the seven candidates. In (“Get the ‘Face of Chinese Imperialism’ out of”) Bennelong, Victor Waterson scored 492 votes (0.56%) [FINAL], the last of eight. Of the nine worthies in Calare, Peter Schultze done a bit better, gaining 1,010 [FINAL] votes, smashing through the 1% barrier (1.11%) and avoiding coming last, a fate reserved for the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate.

In Chifley, veteran bizarr0 Alex Norwick saw AF’s vote decline from 1.17% to 0.48% (396 [FINAL] votes). This decline may well be blamed on teh gheys; the DLP got its revenge by beating Norwick into last place. The decline in the AF vote was repeated in Lindsay, where Mick Saunders’s 610 votes (0.70%) [FINAL] represented a reduction of 0.47%; Mick’s vote did at least ensure that the most unpopular of the eight candidates on offer was Geoff Brown of the Stable Population Party. In Macquarie, Matt Hodgson managed to increase the AF vote by 0.02%, gaining 750 [FINAL] votes (0.83%), thereby pushing Teresa Elaro (DLP) into last place on a mere 502 (0.56%).

Things were a bit brighter for AF in Newcastle, candidate Michael Chehoff being placed first on the ballot and getting 922 votes (1.08%) [FINAL] for his troubles. In doing so Michael beat both the Socialist Alliance candidate (616/0.72%) and that of the Australian Independents (367/0.43%). The last Australia First candidate in NSW was Lorraine Sharp in Riverina. She got the best result for the party with 1,287 [FINAL] votes (1.46%) and placed eighth out of ten candidates for the seat.

Outside of its NSW heartland, AF ran just two further Lower House candidates, in Port Adelaide (SA) and Deakin (VIC). In Port Adelaide, last-placed Terry Cooksley earned 1,116 votes (1.23%) [FINAL] while in Deakin a bewigged John Carbonari failed to set the seat on fire with a measly 212 [FINAL] votes (0.24%), a reduction from the dizzying heights achieved last time around of 0.28%.

Australian Protectionist Party

The APP ‘Love Australia’, but how much does Australia love the APP? In the race in Queensland for a seat in the Senate, Rick Heyward, “a very proud Australian, who is passionate about protecting his country”, received 955 votes (0.04%) [FINAL] and the dubious merit of being the most unpopular of all party candidates. Oh, and Doug Boag too.

In the seat of Fremantle (WA), Teresa Van Lieshout had 205 (0.24%) [FINAL] people vote for her, the APP at least proving to be more popular than the LaRouche kvltists of the Citizens Electoral Council (131/0.15%). Things were a bit better for the APP in Swan, where Troy Ellis, “a Who Weekly finalist for their Most Beautiful Person Award” in 1999, rode a donkey on to gaining 718 votes (0.88%) [FINAL], and came third last.

Oh and in Corangamite (VIC), ex-One Nation candidate Nick (Man of) Steel got 156 [FINAL] votes (0.17%), unloving Australians ensuring the Protectionist came twelfth of 12.

Independents

In the Victorian seat of Flinders, two Independents, Denis McCormack and Paul Madigan, threw their hats into the ring. Denis scored 478 (0.51%) and Paul 708 (0.75) [FINAL] votes. Both were previously involved in the group ‘Australians Against Further Immigration’, including as candidates, while Denis also helped found AF. You can read some of Paul’s views in the comments on a previous post here. The dynamic duo want to REDUCE IMMIGRATION http://reduceimmigration.wordpress.com/.

One Nation

The other minor far right (?) party to contest the election was (Pauline Hanson’s) One Nation. It ran 11 candidates in the Lower House in NSW and four in Queensland, along with Senate candidates in NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA. Its best result was obtained by Pauline, Kate McCulloch and Aaron Plumb in the NSW Senate race. Generally, in the Lower House candidates placed just above the other fringe parties, typically Australia First, the Christian Democrats (Fred Nile’s mob), Katter’s Australian Party and the poor old CEC. Its worst result came in the Victorian Senate contest, where the Townsends managed to beat BOTH the Australian Republicans (38 votes) AND the Smokers Rights Party (78 votes) into last place with 242 votes (0.01%, a decline of 0.3) [FINAL]. It would seem that Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party soaked up most of the vote for anti-Establishment candidates with the remains being fought over by a wide range of parties left, (but mostly) right and generally obscure.

In the NSW Senate, Pauline Hanson, Kate McCulloch and Aaron Plumb got 70,851 votes (0.53%) [FINAL], a decline (!) on 2010 of 0.03%. In the House of Representatives, ON hopefuls scored as follows:

Barton | Perry Theo | 686 | 0.86%. Placed 7 of 8, he beat Rodney Tim Wyse of Katter’s Australian Party into last place (567 votes/0.71%). [FINAL]
Charlton | Brian Burston | 2,266 | 2.62%. Burston was placed 6 of 7 candidates, honours for last going to Trevor Anthoney of Bullet Train For Australia fame (1,460 votes/1.69%). [FINAL]
Chifley | Elizabeth Power | 1,403 | 1.70%. Of the 9 hopefuls, Power came seventh, notably beating Alex Norwick of AF (0.48%) by quite a large margin. [FINAL]
Hume | Lynette Styles | 2,521 | 2.77%. Styles was middlin’, coming fifth of nine. [FINAL]
Hunter | Bill Fox | 3,245 | 3.78%. This was a gain for ON of 0.43%, Bill beating both the Christian Democrats & CEC candidates. [FINAL]
Lindsay | Jeffrey Lawson | 1,901 | 2.17%. Placed 6 of 8, ON again triumphed over AF in the form of Mick Saunders (610/0.70%). [FINAL]
Lyne | Craig Huth | 2,208 | 2.56%. Mid-placed Huth (6 of 9) beat the CDP, KAP & CEC candidates (in that order). [FINAL]
New England | Brian Dettmann | 1,566 | 1.72%. In New England the ON vote increased by 0.85% on last time, Brian (7 of 9) beating the CDP & CEC. [FINAL]
Page | Rod Smith | 1,382 | 1.61%. Poor old Rod came last (6 of 6). [FINAL]
Parramatta | Tania Rollinson | 822 | 1.02%. As did Tania (8 of 8). [FINAL]
Werriwa | Marella Harris | 1,519 | 1.96%. Marella (7 of 8) beat the KAP kandidate into last place. [FINAL]

In Queensland, the ON Senate vote (Jim Savage and Ian Nelson) also experienced a mild decline, the pair receiving 14,348 votes (0.55%) [FINAL], down 0.36%. In the Lower House, results were fairly poor. Stewart Boyd in Fadden came last (8 of 8), gaining 510 [FINAL] votes (0.64%, down 0.96%); Mike Holt in Fairfax was no match for Clive Palmer, coming last and getting just 705 votes (0.83%) [FINAL]; in Herbert, Stephen Moir received a similar vote of confidence (623/0.81%), placing 7 of 10 and finally; in Moncrieff Veronica Beric just managed to beat the CEC bizarr0, obtaining 600 [FINAL] votes (0.75%) for her troubles.

In South Australia, Peter Fitzpatrick and Kym Dunbar got 2,968 votes (0.29%) [FINAL] about half (-0.22%) the number ON got last time around. In Victoria, Dale Townsend and Rosalyn Townsend received 242 votes (0.01%), a decline of 0.37% [FINAL]. The Australian Republicans, on the other hand, received A MERE 38! votes. In Western Australia, lone candidate Robert Farmer fared marginally better with 416 (0.03%) [FINAL].

antifa notes (august 18, 2013) : special Australia First WikiLeaks Party edition

Oh dear.

I wasn’t going to write another post just yet but the decision by the WikiLeaks Party (WLP) to preference the Australia First Party ahead of the Greens in the NSW Senate contest [PDF] is I think noteworthy. So too the fact that the party has claimed that this was an administrative error, though the precise reasoning behind WLP preferencing The Nationals ahead of The Greens in WA — where such a preference may in fact prove influential on the final outcome — is a little harder to understand, especially given Scott Ludlam’s past role in supporting WikiLeaks.

Speaking of the election there’s an abundance of exciting parties on the fringes worthy of closer examination but, while we’re on the subject of Australia First, I’d like to give a special shout-out to Peter Watson, the party’s candidate in the Queensland Senate race. Peter has had a very exciting political career thus far, having first emerged as the leader (and presumably sole member) of the ‘Stalinist League of Australia’, in which capacity he starred in Crikey at the time of the 2007 federal election. Having zig-zagged his way thru numerous blogs, sites, and online identities — including a very brief stint as Labor’s candidate in the seat of Southern Downs in the 2012 Queensland state election — Comrade Watson has now plumped for Dr Jim‘s mob.

Viel Glück Peter!

Across the pond in Aotearoa/New Zealand … well, actually, all the way up in Sweden, to be precise … members of Mormon Kyle Chapman’s latest playgroup/terrorist cell a/k/a ‘Right Wing Resistance New Zealand’ (and er, Sweden) have been denounced on White supremacist forum Stormfront [http://www.stormfront.org/forum/t960496/] by fair dinkum fascists belonging to the Party of the Swedes as a bunch of drunken oafs. Well, Two Fat Swedes in particular have been denounced (is that a bunch?). As a final note, it appears that a Golden Dawn has broken in Melbourne a little sooner than expected: but more on that mob later. In the meantime, nazi scum on Stormfront — incidentally, one of the principal means AF uses to communicate with its supporters — have denounced a GD MP for not being White enough for their tastes…

LOL.

See : US neonazis question Golden Dawn MP’s ‘race’, enetenglish, August 10, 2013.

Who is Peter Watson?


Above : Peter Watson holds a copy of his zine The Spearhead (Warwick Daily News).

*sigh*

Given the nature of much of the media commentary that’s been generated in the wake of his forced resignation from the ALP, there’s likely not much point reviewing Peter Watson’s political (d)evolution over the last 5 or so years — but then again…

For the record, and to the best of my knowledge, Peter’s downfall began with the publication of an article in Brisbane’s Courier Mail on February 20 (soon edited in light of breaking news). This article cites several comments by a ‘Peter Watson’. Thus:

Yesterday, The Courier-Mail reported that a teenage Labor candidate has been forced to resign after being linked to online rants about homophobia and neo-nazis.

Peter Watson, 19, was stood aside as Labor’s candidate for the safe conservative seat of Southern Downs even though the party insisted he was not responsible for some of the highly offensive material.

Among posts under the name “Peter Watson”, homosexuals are labelled as “degenerates” who should be “wiped out”.

“Homosexuality and pedophilia go hand in hand with each other,” the post states.

“To deal with one you must deal with the other in order to wipe them from society.”

In another post under the name “Peter Watson aka Stalinist”, the contributor insists he has masqueraded as a neo-nazi to “get information out of the enemy”.

“I gave the information about the stupid neo-nazis to my comrades and they dealt with the neo-nazis,” it states.

“Now most of those neo-nazis are in jail or bashed thanks to my lie.”

There is also a post in which a “Peter Watson” promises to give out information on fellow Labor Party members as part of his “long battle against the commies in the branch here in Warwick”.

One post from 2007 also talks about dressing up as Soviet soldiers to fight the US.

“We all attack each other with water guns, rocks, sticks,” it says.

All of these comments (bar one) were posted on my blog, on August 6 and November 13, 2007 and March 26, 2009 and credited to ‘Peter Watson’ (2009) or ‘Peter Watson aka Stalinist’ (2007). They are among literally hundreds of such comments made by Peter.

The source for these quotes are (in order of their appearance in the article):

1.

Peter Watson
124.186.237.164
Submitted on 2009/03/26 at 9:15 pm

I am not lunatic and nor am I mad. The ideas that I am putting forward are really logical if you think about them. They are based on years of studying and thinking about the current situation and system that are facing the Australian people. The reason why you think that I am mad is because my ideas are totally different to … your ideas. I never said “mad discussions”. The reason why I refer to Drew as comrade is because he is a very good friend to have in the battle against international anarchism and the capitalist-intelligentsia regime which currently controls Australia through proxy forces in the legislature, executive and in the legal system. I was being serious when I was talking about the local gym and Drew’s decision to become involved in his local gym for young men. You people have no idea how serious I am when I talk about these and other matters at hand. Just wait until I prove my self and then all you people will be scared. Yes, I am homophobic. Homosexuals disgust me with their decadent attitudes to life and their life styles. They are really bad for our society and they need to be dealt with by the powers to be. The homosexuals are the true social degenerates. It is a proven fact that most paedophiles are homosexual. Homosexuality and paedophilia go hand in hand with each other. [T]o deal with one you must deal with the other in order to wipe them from society. They are social degenerates destroying our society’s values. We must come up with a final solution to solve these problems. You people think that I am trying to be funny or be a comedian. Well, I am not. In fact, I am more serious th[a]n most people think. Just wait until the new world order when we achieve power.

2.

Peter Watson aka Stalinist
cpwcpw.wetpaint.com
[email protected]
61.69.212.253
Submitted on 2007/11/13 at 4:14 pm

I only acted like a Neo-Nazi to get information out of the enemy. It worked big time.

3.

Peter Watson aka Stalinist
cpwcpw.wetpaint.com
[email protected]
61.69.212.253
Submitted on 2007/11/13 at 9:55 pm

Yes I know. I told the Neo-Nazis that I was the president of a “Australian Worker’s Party” and heaps of them joined. I gave the information about the stupid Neo-Nazis to my comrades and they de[a]lt with the Neo-Nazis. Now most of those Neo-Nazis are in jail or bashed thanks to my lie.

4.

This quote — in which Peter promises to give out information on fellow Labor Party members as part of his “long battle against the commies in the branch here in Warwick” — is the only one cited not to be taken from my blog. Instead, it appears on the neo-Nazi ‘Whitelaw Towers’ blog (the responsibility of Sydney resident Peter Campbell and Toowoomba local Jim Perren, middle-aged men with long histories of fascist advocacy). The comment is in response to a post dated March 4, 2009.

5.

Peter Watson aka Stalinist
bbpeterwatson.blogspot.com
[email protected]
61.69.255.50
Submitted on 2007/08/06 at 5:27 pm

[snip] Actually friends and I do that around Warwick. Half of my friends and I dress up as Soviet soldiers and I get to be the Soviet president leading and directing the Soviet attack. Matthew gets to be the US president and his friends dress up as US soldiers. We all attack each other with water guns, rocks, sticks etc. We also play spy games.

In addition to spamming my blog with nonsense and contributing to numerous other marginal politically-oriented websites — including, notably, Stormfront and Vanguard News Network — one of the first sites Peter himself created was at cpwcpw.wetpaint.com. This site served as the home of first the ‘Communist Party of Warwick’ then the ‘Stalinist League of Australia’, from November 9, 2006 to July 9, 2008.

After this date, Peter made many further comments on my blog.

On March 19, 2009, for example, Peter wrote in praise of the Nazi Strassers, writing HAIL STRASSER; later that month, on the same date as he posted his diatribe on homosexuals, Peter stated that he “would not be rejoining the Australia First Party”; on May Day he expressed appreciation for YouTube channel ‘genocidal88’, a channel maintained by a local Hammerskin and used to promote neo-Nazi propaganda; on June 25 Peter dismissed local KKK member ‘Hobbit’ and claimed to have been banned from the Australian New Nation forum (a White nationalist website established by remnants of the ‘White Pride Coalition of Australia’, including the authors of ‘Whitelaw Towers’); on July 9 he stated that he was a “National Socialist” — and had been since the beginning of that year.

In 2010 Peter (‘supremerat’) commented on a YouTube video. He stated that he wished that whining Jews would be gassed to death.

In November 2011, Peter helped to distribute copies of The Spearhead about Warwick. This enterprise earned him an article in the local paper and a rebuke from concerned locals.

It was sometime in 2011 (or possibly 2010) that Peter began re-imagining himself as ‘Australian New National Action’, a successor organisation to Dr James Saleam’s ‘National Action’, a fascist groupuscule born in the 1980s. According to its Contacts page, ANNA was responsible for producing The Spearhead zine.

At the beginning of 2012, Peter made a major statement of his political vision, viz:

Peter Watson
[email protected]
114.73.102.210
Submitted on 2012/01/03 at 12:11 am

Australia needs a strong man to solve its problems. A man who will crush lefties, politicians, non-whites, homosexuals and other sexual deviants, undesirables, troublemakers, the middle class inner city elite and traitors to the Australian nation. A man who will stand up to foreign imperialism and international capitalism. A strong man who will unite Australians under one banner against the enemies of our nation both internally and externally. A great man who will eliminate and do away with our stupid weak democracy and impose his will upon us. I would be more than willing to get behind him and die for the movement. Liberal democracy has been a failure and must be destroyed. The opposition, who are the enemies of Australia, must be smashed and thrown into concentration camps. A man who will destroy multiculturalism and all other forms of social liberalism and who will restore White Australia at all costs. Australia needs a modern day Fidel Castro, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini or a General Franco. Or the Australian Defence Force could take power in a military coup and execute the Federal Government and establish a military junta. How about it, His Excellency President of the Republic of Greater Australia and Major General of the Australian Defence Force Peter Watson Conquerer of Asia and the Pacific Defeater of International Capitalism Generalissimo and Supreme Leader?

This comment was posted after Peter had been nominated as the ALP candidate for Southern Downs and many weeks prior to his removal from that position and expulsion from the party.

Its open embrace of fascism has not been commented upon in the media.

Further evidence regarding Peter’s political views of the last year or two (and thus following his formal entry into adulthood) are to be found on Stormfront (where he posted using a variety of handles) and on the VNN forum where Peter adopted the handle ‘V.K.’. In fact, it would appear that Peter continues to post on VNN, even appealing to fellow users to vote in his favour in an online poll regarding the fairness of his expulsion from the ALP, denying allegations by fellow neo-Nazis that he is a traitor, and expressing fears that his writings in The Spearhead may make him a target for violent retribution. In one thread, Peter also claims to have been fined $500 for the crime of ‘public nuisance’, viz, abusing Aborigines in the street.

Finally, this is the image Peter uses to illustrate his MySpace page:

*shrugs*

Peter Watson on homosexuality and paedophilia

Stone the bloody crows.

FTR, Peter Watson’s comments on homosexuality and paedophilia — as made famous in a Courier Mail report — were originally published as a comment on my blog on March 26, 2009 (not 2007 as some media maintain).

Here it is:

Peter Watson says:
March 26, 2009 at 9:15 pm

I am not lunatic and nor am I mad. The ideas that I am putting forward are really logical if you think about them. They are based on years of studying and thinking about the current situation and system that are facing the Australian people. The reason why you think that I am mad is because my ideas are totally different to … your ideas. I never said “mad discussions”. The reason why I refer to Drew as comrade is because he is a very good friend to have in the battle against international anarchism and the capitalist-intelligentsia regime which currently controls Australia through proxy forces in the legislature, executive and in the legal system. I was being serious when I was talking about the local gym and Drew’s decision to become involved in his local gym for young men. You people have no idea how serious I am when I talk about these and other matters at hand. Just wait until I prove my self and then all you people will be scared. Yes, I am homophobic. Homosexuals disgust me with their decadent attitudes to life and their life styles. They are really bad for our society and they need to be dealt with by the powers to be. The homosexuals are the true social degenerates. It is a proven fact that most paedophiles are homosexual. Homosexuality and paedophilia go hand in hand with each other. [T]o deal with one you must deal with the other in order to wipe them from society. They are social degenerates destroying our society’s values. We must come up with a final solution to solve these problems. You people think that I am trying to be funny or be a comedian. Well, I am not. In fact, I am more serious th[a]n most people think. Just wait until the new world order when we achieve power.

* “Drew” is John Drew, former member of Dr Jim Saleam’s Australia First Party and middle-aged leader of the now-defunct Patriotic Youth League, the yoof wing of AF, recently re-branded as the Eureka Youth League.
** Peter is also quoted by news.com.au as follows: “One post from 2007 also talks about dressing up as Soviet soldiers to fight the US. “We all attack each other with water guns, rocks, sticks,” it says.” This comment — and not the comment above — was made in 2007 (August 6, 2007, to be exact).

Peter Watson for Warwick LOLWUT?!?

Update : Huh. The hullabaloo over Peter Watson’s fitness as the ALP candidate for the seat of Southern Downs in next month’s Queensland state election would appear to derive from comments he made on homosexuality.

These comments appeared on my blog on March 26, 2009.

The ah, funny thing is, Peter’s homophobia is only one of a number of other rather, um, controversial views he has expressed in the last few years, notably a belief in ZOG and White supremacy.

On February 27, 2011 on the VNN forum Peter (“V.K.”) wrote: “When I was at high school (I was expelled March last year), there were different kinds of males. There was the jock, emo, nerd and average. Because I am not all there in the head I never fitted in at school. I was the one who was bullied by the jocks, thought of as an idiot by the nerds, hated as a Nazi by the emos and considered strange by the average males.” http://www.vnnforum . com/showthread.php?t=124231&page=2 His postings also claim (March, 2011) that he was fined $500 for public nuisance after abusing some local Aborigines and that his racist views were well-known among the local population. Of his political history he writes: “The Stalinist League ceased to exist in Septemb[e]r 2009. I joined Australia First in April 2006 but was expelled in July 2006. I joined the Australia First Party in December 2009 and left in April 2011 over a disagreement with the Queensland Secretary and the Party’s state officials. All of that is public knowledge. Every single person in the nationalist movement knows of my history. I have been on the internet since April 2006.” http://www.vnnforum . com/showthread.php?t=125214

All very sad and unpleasant really…

*Oh, and Dr Cam re-publishes some of his correspondence with Peter here.

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Strewth.

Queensland Labor eh?

I had no idea ’til today, but apparently late last year cheeky Interwebs monkey Peter Watson was appointed Labor’s candidate for the seat of Southern Downs ahead of next month’s state election. And today, poor old very young Peter has been purged from the party of labour, supposedly on account of some rather dubious postings on the ah, Internets. AAP:

Queensland Labor candidate resigns
February 20, 2012

A YOUNG Labor candidate has stepped down for allegedly posting offensive remarks linking homosexuality with pedophilia.

Peter Watson, 19, resigned as candidate for the rural seat of Southern Downs, a statement from Labor’s state secretary Anthony Chisholm said [tonight].

Mr Chisholm’s statement says he accepts Mr Watson’s resignation but failed to explain the allegations against him…

The ABC also can has drama.

FTR, Peter landed on the political map way back in November 2007, when as the President, Secretary, Treasurer and likely sole (human) member of the ‘Stalinist League of Australia’ his views on the 2007 federal election were canvassed by Comrade Cam Smith for Crikey, viz: “Peter Watson, the 15 year old founder and president of the Stalinist League of Australia, says that the SLA are advocating a vote for the SLA first, the Socialist Alliance second, and the International Nerd-Gothic conspiracy last. The International Nerd-Goths are controlled by his science teacher and are responsible for, amongst other things, killing Stalin and having Peter banned from the library at his school. The SLA has had limited success in student council elections and doesn’t appear to be running any candidates federally.”

A schoolboy prank which was rather amusing at the time (and even earned Peter a place on Joe Hildebrand’s blogroll), between then (to be precise: June 2007) and now Peter has spammed my blog many hundreds of times, sometimes using his real name but just as often employing a pseudonym. A few of his comments are included in the Courier Mail account of the scandal.

Otherwise, Peter’s political evolution has been from Stalin to Hitler, and his precocious political ambitions expressed on a range of different online forums. Following the switch from extolling the virtues of one Great Man of History to the Other, Peter became a virtual presence on Stormfront and the even coarser neo-Nazi forum Vanguard News Network (Peter joined in May 2009 as “V.K.”). Indeed, Peter is relatively well-known among local nutzis, who are often as confused by him as the ALP apparently came to be. On VNN on May 16 last year, local neo-Nazi HSN Nick wrote:

Seriously , who gives a shit what someone has written on the net ? P will get to know what its all about when he starts meeting folk in the real world . He gave me the shits to begin with , but with the right influence I think he will grow up alot . remember he’s only a young fella , give a him a few years and he’ll probablly be more to most folks on here’s liking .

Nick will no doubt be partying hard at the Hammered Festival in Brisbane in April… but will the ex-Labor candidate from Warwick be joining him?

Finally, Michael McKenna in The Australian writes:

Confessed White Australia nationalist drops bid for ALP seat
February 21, 2012

A QUEENSLAND Labor candidate and party official has been forced to quit the election campaign over his support for white supremacists.

Teenage Labor candidate Peter Watson, who was contesting the seat of Southern Downs held by former opposition leader Lawrence Springborg, was last night unrepentant about his views that were discovered on the “White Law Towers” blog.

Mr Watson, 19, who is a traffic controller on the Darling Downs, west of Brisbane, is the secretary of the Warwick branch of the ALP.

He told The Australian last night that he has never hidden his racial-based views about Australia. “I don’t hide anything, I am proud of what I believe in,” he said.

“I regard myself as a white nationalist, not a supremacist, and that 40 years of multiculturalism has destroyed this country.

“My views were the same as the trade union movement in the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, particularly with the White Australia policy.”

Labor insiders last night questioned how Mr Watson was not vetted by the party organisation before his uncontested endorsement to run as a candidate last December.

Mr Watson said he had not widely shared his views within the party but a local newspaper had alleged he wrote the blog.

“I didn’t create the website, I just made some comments on it in the past few years . . . supportive of white nationalism,” he said…

In reality, Whitelaw Towers is authored by Jim Perren (Toowoomba) and Peter Campbell (Sydney, as ‘Victor Whitelaw’).