The ADL: fail at Bendigo, fail at bullshit

The ADL staggers from failure to failure, shooting itself in the foot as it goes.

First, a footnote from the failed anti-mosque demo in Bendigo from our friends at Aussies Against the Australian Defence League V.

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Seems that the “Concerned Citizen” may or may not be one of the half dozen or so who turned up and made some noises but it isn’t very good for a company and its image to be associated with street rabble like the ADL

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Second, the continuing soap opera and train wreck that is Nathan Abela posted this on his (now vanished) ADL League page.

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We are certain no such attack took place, and if there was an attack it was a deliberate own goal.

But wait! It gets better.

You remember Ralph Cerminara don’t you?

He was Nathan’s fellow traveller for a while until they had a falling out about whose brain processes were the most warped.

Looks like this bromance is over folks…

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Nathan and friends would be well advised to read this below.

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The ADL – men who lurk at schools

We have a name in Australia for dodgy men who hang around schools taking pictures. They usually get arrested.

Here are some of them and their supporters.

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We’d better tell Nutjob Inc that just about every school in Sydney has high fences and lockable gates. That’s to keep the ADL and their sort away from children.

Also just about every faith-based school also has a place of worship attached. Check out the local Catholic school – on second thoughts don’t. We don’t want the ADL sliming around any schools.

And there’s more

 

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Nathan’s obviously jealous they didn’t invite him in. He has trouble getting a date.

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The ADL hits the streets – “Stare at them and make them feel unwelcome”

The ADL have recently extended their range of stalking social involvement and have become paparazzi.

Their erstwhile misunderstood Chief Patriot Poobah Ralph Cerminara had, until his recent ejection from the ADL big chair (one of the chairs anyway), investigated the patriotic possibilities of taking random pictures of covered Muslim women innocently going about their shopping on the local High Street.

We could imagine this would appeal to the inclinations of the ADL. This way they could demonstrate they were truly modern-day crusaders taking on the might of the Caliphate millions armed only with locked and loaded iPhones.

Then presumably the Australian public would stop laughing at them and instead, gasping at their audacity, would queue up in their millions ones ready to sign up to the boys’ club at a cubby house near you.

The ADL throne – currently vacant we think

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More Ralph here

Meanwhile here’s one of Ralphski’s mates resplendent in body-hugging bogan wear including tight ball-crushing jeans (*snigger), marching around Stockland Merrylands and accosting innocent shoppers with hate pamphlets, accompanied by Fascist barrel-girl “Fran” who is filming the proceedings (again without permission).

His name is Nathan Abela from Greystanes.

As far as we know Stockland Merrylands is private property and anyone distributing pamphlets not associated with the trading activities of the shopping centre needs permission to do so from Centre Management.

Customers and others wishing to complain can contact Centre Management

McFarlane Street
Merrylands New South Wales, 2160
Tel: 9682 1855

Jamie Patton (ADF – Navy) ‘Deals’ With Asylum Seekers

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This jerk is in the Australian Defence Force. He is a racist who has a pretty dim view of asylum seekers (‘fuckers’).

Here’s some more Jamie Patton:

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Laugh and Point at the Latest Bogan Fail

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#auspol @partyfreedomaus #ausmedia #fail @ozprotectionist

They failed again. Nicholas Folkes’ The Australian Protectionist Party Australian Party for Freedom in partnership with fellow frequent failers The Australian Defence League have conducted another public humiliation rally in the Bankstown-bordering suburb of Revesby (in Sydney).

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“The countdown to the rally is on.”

The Australian people were clearly geared up for this one after Nick’s Facebook page and website had spammed the event to death for weeks leading up to the massive event. (editor’s note: all references to the event have now been removed).

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“ADL will be there in full force.”

Would you like to see what ‘full force’ looks like? Surely a mass combination of the ‘Australian Party for Freedom’, ‘The Australian Protectionist Party’ and ‘The Australian Defence League’ would be able to muster up enough members and people in opposition to Islam to number in the tens of thousands.

Surely. 

I mean, if Nick Folkes had to use a megaphone to reach his unintelligible rumblings to all attendees, it must’ve been a rally of epic attendance.

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Alas, no.

Nick used this megaphone to speak to a circle of somewhere between 14 – 16 people who stood around him like an embarrassed, defensive ring of twats. Don’t be fooled by the pictures. The people in the background consist of bewildered onlookers, annoyed residents and a few Muslims who turned up to witness the spectacle.

Oh yeah – and there was a police presence. So your tax dollars paid for police to sit back and watch these time-wasting buffoons.

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BREAKING NEWS: Australian Defence League to Sue Facebook *LOL*

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Frustrated pests/Islamaphobes/keyboard warriors/drunken yobbos The Australian Defence League are (get ready for it) suing Facebook, apparently utilising the services of Slater & Gordon lawyers.

Under the leadership Facebook administration of John Abberton and Ralph Cerminara, the group is outraged that they’ve had to *gasp* cop short bans from Facebook for being racist fucktards.

The ADL are currently asking for donations from ‘members’ to fund the legal challenge despite not being able to identify any financial shortfall or social limitations from the Facebook bans. Whether or not these donations will need to be refunded in the same way that donations needed to be refunded to shmucks ‘members’ who actually forked out money for the hiring of a venue in Melbourne for a ‘meeting’ that attracted less than 5 RSVPs and had to consequently be cancelled is unclear at this stage.

The ADL has a long history of failures (scroll to the bottom to revisit some of the lowlights) and at the end of the day, only one fact remains: despite having a catch-cry of ‘NFSE’ (No Fucking Surrender Ever) and despite consistently referring to themselves as soldiers, all this pack of cockalora have ever achieved is owning a few bristling yet largely irrelevant and unpopulated Facebook groups and spending over five years trying to organise some shitty merchandise that’s still ‘in the pipeline’. We’d say that organising rallies and protest marches are also among their achievements but  when your membership is less than 0.0077% of the Australian population and of that pissweak circle-jerk club only 0.75% actually turn up to said rallies/protest marches, ‘achievement’ doesn’t quite fit the description.

When right-wing political parties can’t even attract 1% of the Australian public’s interest in a federal election, ‘organisations’ like the Australian Defence League (who can’t attract the necessary membership to even FORM political parties) are simply deluded ditch pigs, desperately upset with the state of their own mundane lives enough to try to blame others.

The ADL keep telling us all to ‘wake up’ and fear Islam, just as they do. Rise and shine indeed.

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Note: ‘no legal reason’. *Chokes on cereal*

Um, Facebook owns you and your pissy pages, you wilted herbs. You sign up under their terms and conditions and when you’re banned, you take it on the chin. If you want to refer to the banning of ‘freedom of expression/speech’, you only need to look so far as your own mission statement for a prime example of a group trying to limit the freedoms of another group.

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Note: this comment from mouth-breather Kim Williams is not racist as she is attacking Islam. Please ignore the fact that she repeatedly references ‘our country’ and how Muslims come from ‘other countries’.

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As promised, here are some previous examples of how the Australian Defence League are nothing more than miserable failures dwelling on the lunatic fringe of the lunatic fringe of society:

https://theantibogan.wordpress.com/tag/australian-defence-league/

Smashing the fash: fascism in Australia

 

A student writes

Added by Anon on August 30, 2013.
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My formative years were spent in Mascot Public School, a typical underfunded school. It was a school that didn’t aspire to much: its motto was in plain English and hoped for the least worst of its students (“strive to achieve”); the school gates were adorned with a picture of the official mascot, a jet plane, chosen for the school’s proximity to the airport.

And, much like any underfunded school in an underfunded town in Sydney, it was a school that confronted me with ethnic diversity and tension, not unexpected in a suburb where 70% of people were born overseas, or had parents who were born overseas.

I thought of my childhood, as I’d dully gaze through the side fence of the school, waiting for a bus, of how it helped me grow and whatnot. But one morning, the school sign caught my attention instead. Someone had stickered over it with obscene messages, demanding that multiculturalism be abolished, that ‘international students’ – at a primary school – be sent back, and that students should not heed the anti-Australian lies of their teachers, designed to police the thoughts of the young. At the bottom of each sticker lay proudly: Australia First Party.

We’re told to never forget, because there is a danger in allowing the past to repeat itself. Fascism wasn’t an anomaly of world history, but is rooted in something visceral within society. It has an economic and political vision that strives to protect the legitimate members of society from the ebbs and flows of global finance and immigration; it seeks to create hope in the less fortunate by blaming society’s ills on the least fortunate. It thrives on crisis and decline, and mobilises movements by encouraging the masses to rise up against decay and attain power for the rightful heirs of the state, usually white ‘natives’.

The fringe

The leader of Australia First is Jim Saleam, who is currently running in the electorate of Cook against Scott Morrison. He was a founder of National Action in the 1980s, a far-right nationalist group that plastered racist graffiti on shop walls, intimidated multicultural groups, and produced propaganda against the ‘New World Order’; he was also convicted of his role in a shotgun attack on a member of the ANC, Nelson Mandela’s party,  and conspiring to car bomb a political opponent.

“Hi, is this, uh, Jim – James – Sa-le-am?” I stumbled over my words; embarrassingly mispronouncing a name he greeted me on the phone with (it’s “Say-lem”). It’s difficult to find the right words when the phone is picked up by one of Australia’s most notorious far-right leaders, but I manage. He speaks with a thick Australian accent, and sports a vocabulary one would expect from a PhD. His thesis, The Other Radicalism: An Inquiry Into Contemporary Australian Extreme Right Ideology, Politics And Organization 1975-1995, was supposedly written from a jail cell.

Jim Saleam refers to the aforementioned incidents as an “apocryphal history” that has now, unfortunately, become a part of the movement he is now at the forefront of. This was a concerted attack by the media, according to Saleam, with claims of Lebanese ancestry in the Sydney Morning Herald to discredit and “ethnically cleanse” him. He also claims that he was “targeted by the state” and bullied by the Special Branch of the NSW Police Force, a “notorious organisation” known for monitoring left-wing activist groups. Now disbanded for its endemic corruption, Saleam admits that the Special Branch used far-right groups to assault left-wing groups.

“Morrison is all for refugees”, he says when I ask about the election struggle in the Sutherland Shire. And Saleam? “Absolutely none.” Saleam and Australia First propose deporting refugees back to their countries of origin, assisting them with grants funded by the seizure of assets from those who aid and abet asylum seeking. Saleam denies the label of fascism, and instead identifies with “Australian nationalism.” He uses this label to defend the party’s support of an Aboriginal sovereignty as a ‘legitimate culture’ of the continent that manifests in separatism, as “they can think whatever they want of European settlement … but what’s coming is the end of Indigenous society.”

But Australia First is not the only far-right nationalist party – Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, Rise Up Australia (RUA), and the Australian Protectionist Party (APP), parties recently infamous for their deals with minor libertarian and centrist groups in this election, promote similar views. But combating immigration and multiculturalism is only the most visceral policy tying the parties together; they also agree on the nationalisation of industry, banning foreign ownership, and expanding welfare to vulnerable Australian citizens – conditional on the expulsion of undesirables.

(Israel is a point of contention – Jim Saleam and Australia First considers Zionism as a danger to Australian society through its role in the media and corporations, while the APP and RUA self-identify as Zionists who see Israel as an ally against Islam.)

Appealing to the working class is a notable function of far-right nationalist and fascist mobilising, in contrast to the libertarian right that tends to have disdain for those in poverty. This isn’t anomalous, despite their right-wing tendencies: Franco developed a national trade syndicalist organisation, and Hitler saw the role of the state in mediating class conflict, a concept absent in classical liberalism and capitalism.

Far-right groups use this populist agenda in recruiting members who do not identify with the strict nationalism of the party line. I spoke to Troy Ellis, a candidate for APP in the Western Australian electorate of Swan. Ellis was a former member of the Greens and the ALP, and a participant in Amnesty International, Greenpeace, and the Australian Conservation Fund. Confused, I asked him why he joined the APP. “They sounded like a fairer party,” noted Ellis. It was their taxation policy that drew him into the party, and he identified with the economic arguments of lowering immigration.

But he was unsure about the more extreme elements of the party. “I’m not such a hardliner on immigration myself … there might be some in APP, but I’m less of a radical myself.” The anti-Muslim stance of the party, a recent phenomenon in the far right, especially amongst RUA and One Nation, is also a topic of contention with Ellis. “The party takes a hard stance on Muslims, but I don’t mind Muslims myself.” He also spoke of his strong belief in justice for Palestinians. Ellis seemed uncomfortable with this dissonance with the party line. “But a lot of people who come here from Muslim countries are psychologically damaged.” He buttressed his sincerity in wishing to “soften the party.” Compare to co-founder Nicholas Folkes, who recently left the party and began the (more) anti-Islam Party for Freedom and believes that multiculturalism is a “failed policy” that has brought “chaos to Australia.”

Similarly, the One Nation website explicitly denounces multiculturalism and multiracialism, but has members that are unaware or uncomfortable with this policy. When asked about the political line to abolish multiracialism, Rod Evans, the national contact for One Nation, replied: “I was not aware of that … I do not adhere to that policy myself.” But, along with the rest of his party, Evans believes that Australia’s primary problem is with “the radical Muslim culture”, an issue to be resolved through a policy of “deportation.”

The far right have capitalised on the issue of Islam to build an agenda of fascist and nationalist politics. Unlike 20th century fascism, the focus of the individual is located within a civilisation as opposed to a state. While the Nazi Party promoted the Aryan Germanic race, APP, One Nation and likeminded parties speak of the threats to Western civilisation. Perhaps an intellectual response to The Clash of Civilisations thesis, or a strategic impulse to work with non-Anglo European ethnic groups against the new enemy, the far right analysis of global politics is one of conflict between Islam and the West.

Just like enemy combatants setting up camp beyond no man’s land, Melanie Vassilou believes Muslims have created “ethnic enclaves in Auburn” that “make you feel like you’re in Saudi Arabia.” She sees the face veil as a risk to society, noting “paedophiles are taking advantage of the face veil.” Running for RUA in Chisholm, Victoria, she rejects the racist label: “when you speak out on the issues, you can be perceived as racist.” She notes that their leader is Sri Lankan, and, perhaps justifying her position, Jim Saleam denounces Rise Up Australia as a multiracial party.

The mainstream

But the germination of fascism lies not only in the fringe of politics, but has roots in the centre. A passing comment by Saleam on his past struck me: “our roots were in the Australian Labor Party.” The White Australia Policy attracted the monoculturalists of nationalism movement, but beyond this, the protectionist economics and belief in industrial nationalisation appeal to some of their left-wing tendencies. National Action, after all, classified themselves as National Bolsheviks, and Australia First’s Queensland Senate candidate, Peter Watson, was a former member of the ALP and Stalinist League; Jack Lang is revered by many fascist groups in Australia; and the Victorian Socialist Party, a faction of the ALP early in the 20th century, developed a fascist tendency that dissolved into the Australia First Party.

Fascist elements also reside in the periphery of the Liberal Party in the hard right, or ‘Taliban Right’ or ‘Uglies’, faction. The roots of far right nationalism in the Liberals, that often comes into contention with the classical liberal and libertarian tendencies of the party began when the Nationalist Party merged with the United Australia Party, that soon after became the Liberal Party; likewise, the Young Nationals merged into the Young Liberals.

More uncomfortable for the party is Lyenko Urbanchich. He fled from Slovenia to Australia, having been a Nazi collaborator during the Second World War. When in Australia, he founded the Liberal Ethnic Council, using recent refugees and immigrants from the Soviet Bloc to intervene in the Liberal Party. Urbanchich was an outspoken critic of the threat of “Jewish-communism.”

The hard right is, according to some accounts, the largest faction of the NSW Liberal Party; it is the spiritual homeland of Tony Abbott; and it is the philosophical foundation of the Sydney University Conservative Club, a member of which once admitted to sympathies with fascist philosophy, in particular the belief that the poor and the rich have their ordained, natural positions in society.

The streets

Although many of the early nationalists in Australia have turned to political careers, the tendency in Europe has moved towards the opposite. Golden Dawn, for instance, organises on the street through demonstrates more than it does through parliamentary processes. The British National Party (BNP) has lost appeal in England, and the English Defence League (EDL) has grown to a threatening size. It was the EDL, after all, that Anders Breivik communicated with prior to his massacre of young social democrats in vengeance against Islamic immigration.

Unlike the BNP, which sports a comprehensive conservative agenda, the EDL is particularly opposed to Islamic immigration. Note, for instance, that the EDL has a Sikh division, as well as an LGBT division. However, organisational liberalism does not hide the fascist tendencies of the movement, but instead is a tactical endeavour to build it; Italian fascism, after all, supported expanding democracy, including the universal suffrage of women, and artistic movements such as Futurism. Progressivism in some areas veils an overall reactionary agenda.

Like the EDL, the Australian Defence League (ADL) focuses specifically on Islam. But the ADL is a grassroots movement, utilising street demonstrations and mass mobilisation to affect change. My first encounter with the ADL was on a Facebook event, when a member threatened to murder me. Although most of its demonstrations are unsuccessful, it is a growing movement, one that encourages current discourses of disintegrating borders. Searching through the closed ADL Facebook group, users complain about “muzzies”, promote gun culture against Islamic immigration, and refer to Muslims and left-wingers as “scum”.

These groups are not the main organising tools of the movement, but do provide insight into the models through which ultra-nationalism and Islamophobia develop. The ADL may ultimately not be successful, but it is a glimpse into the future of reactionary activism – on the streets, in community groups, in churches and unions, at dinner parties. Skinheads and Nazis such as the Nationalist Alternative and Southern Cross Hammerskins likewise react on the streets. The old methods of the Left have been appropriated into a movement that is reacting against the supposed failure of the political class to protect Australians.

The response

Fascism is a word prolific in dusty archives but hushed in current affairs. It is a word that is historical, that is used to define the past, but one that can never happen again. We’ve moved on: fascism is passé, thrown into the dustbin of history where it pathetically lies.

But Australia is at risk of forgetting the dangers of fascism. From experience, the term ‘fascism’ is met with mockery – it is a term people define as an extreme, and Australia is seen as a country of moderation. Popular opinion divorces fascism from an intellectual history, from its philosophy, from its economic and political strategies, and from its realness.

Although there are groups and individuals that oppose fascism in Australia, they fail to make an impression in public opinion. Anarchist blogger slackbastard follows the trends of fascism in Australia, but is a lone writer. Fight Dem Back was prolific in combating racial hatred in Australia, but is effectively defunct now. Compare this to the United Kingdom, where the National Union of Students holds a policy of ‘No Platform’, where office-bearers refuse to share a stage with members of fascist organisations; or where the Conservative, Labor, and Liberal Democrats collectively oppose the BNP, citing the legacy of Churchill who was a member of all three parties; or where the organisation Unite Against Fascism regularly demonstrates against fascist groups; as do squads of anti-fascist socialists and anarchists who clash with fascists in English communities.

One could argue that the rise of fascism is not likely in Australia. But the policies – or the trajectory of policies – of many of the groups mentioned in the article, say otherwise. While not every individual in One Nation or the Australian Protectionist Party may espouse negative attitudes towards migrants or non-white Australians, there is an organisational pressure to strengthen the state, to mobilising workers against immigrants, and to isolate Australia by solidifying its borders – and military. Authoritarianism, nationalism, and, ultimately, fascism are not ghosts of the past, but real existing tendencies in Australian politics.

 

 

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Election special No. 3 – Marella Goodwin-Harris receives “endorcement” (sic)

In its eternal hunt for candidates, One Nation certainly digs down the bottom of the dumpster. Here’s yet another one to join the departed and unlamented Stephanie Banister.

Marella Goodwin-Harris might even be marginally more intelligent, though an association with thuggish street gang the ADL does not help any perceptions of either intelligence or sound mental health.

Here she is bubbling with excitement as she announces her “endorcement” (sic) as a One Nation candidate to a bunch of ADL desperates huddled in one of their noisome Facebook groups, as they explode in a frenzy about the potential for enlisting signwriters for the coming struggle against normal mainstream Australia.

ADL sign-writer at work

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Marella is no newcomer to hate politics. Here are some of the groups she “likes” on Facebook. We are still processing the notion of an EDL group for gender- diverse people.

Sounds like these Fascist street thugs want to attract them over so they can more readily beat them up and harass them.

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She is already a member of weirdo conspiracy theorist coven the Q Society and has a disturbing obsession with halal.

And it does not really like anyone who is not like its members.

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Here she is on yet another forum protesting that someone has unfriended her after finding out about her obsessive xenophobia.

We would think most sane people would be unfriending her too.

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And last year Marella was the President of a so-called “Hoxton Park Resident Action Group” leading a campaign to get rid of a Muslim school in Hoxton Park

Here’s a lovely shot of Marella fighting the good fight against those lethal hordes of Muslamic terrorist schoolkids watched by a handful of what we presume are locals.

We are very familiar with Resident Action groups and can say that most of them are a good thing – an opportunity for locals to band together and to fight the encroachments of greedy developers and environmental vandals.

We are not so sure about HPRAG. We find no evidence of any ongoing concerns from them for sustainable development or for the preservation of high conservation value areas in this fast-growing area of Sydney.

So we are pretty much convinced that it is a front for Islamophobia.

This is a new and disturbing trend with the far right as they attempt to cloak their ratbaggery in legitimacy by attempting to hijack respectable causes such as the environment. Or secular humanism

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the policy or practice of members of a particular political group joining an existing political party with the intention of changing its principles and policies, instead of forming a new party

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Want more evidence that it wasn’t “just about” development?

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