Once upon a time, the offspring of a Russian immigrant yearned to stamp his presence on the Australian landscape.
The resulting impact could be likened to the thud a parasite-ravaged dead autumn leaf makes as it plops to the ground.
Nicholas Hunter Folkes started his relentless quest for Führerdom with the Australian Protectionist Party, founded by former Nazi Darrin Hodges.
Seeking some sort of respectability and by now enamoured of Dutch far right politician and Muslimhater Pursuivant Geert Wilders, Niqi (named for his favourite piece of women’s clothing) and his ragged band of disciples then split from the APP and founded the Party for Freedom, named after Gertie’s little lot in the Netherlands.
Niqi’s revered mentor Geert Wilders in a landmark contemplative moment
You can read some of Niqi’s history here, slackbastard has more here and you can actually watch him in a rool TV series here (provided you pay cash-strapped SBS for the privilege).
Far right self-styled “white nationalists” are universally dim bulbs at best but even Niqi seems to have realised that going hard on Muslims might be not the way to go at the moment, given the sad fates of fellow Muslim haters and white supremacists Nathan Abela and ADF KP veteran Ralph “Sad Sack” Cerminara , both of the ADL.
Ralphski fights the Islamic hordes
To date to the best of our knowledge Niqi has not yet been charged with anything but there is always a first time.
You don’t have to look very far to see that Niqi has a long history of Chinese-hate. On the other hand he has stated on several occasions his preferred Australian is something called an “Anglo-Celtic”.
Since Niqi is neither Anglo nor Celtic we find that rather puzzling.
So Niqi and his faithful body servant Radka Smith (AKA “Ozzie Possum”) along with a scattering of really weird people are taking on the supposed fiscal might of the PRC and the billions of Chinese poised to invade the Great Golden Mountain and steal all our McMansions.
Now the way in which you’d expect the pffs to conduct their research would be to do drive-bys of auctions and open houses and count the number of Asian faces they see then extrapolate that into a tsunami of fear and loathing against the Chinese. We’ve seen them do that sort of “research” before with other minorities and it lets the pffs pretend they are normal people with amazeballs knowledge of demography and economics.
There are 1.5 million people of East Asian descent living in Australia. The forebears of some of those families have lived here longer than Niqi’s family. However contrary to the pffs’ delusions they are not all Chinese.
The largest group of East Asians are people of Chinese descent, and they range from new arrivals to second, third and fourth generation Australians.
The next largest East Asian group is Filipinos. Filipinos have lived in Australia since the beginning of the 20th Century. The smallest group is the Tibetans, most of whom are refugees.
However as you can expect pffs cannot tell the difference between Chinese and all the other East Asian people who live here. It’s a bit like assuming all Europeans are the same, or all Africans. It’s called prejudice.
So if an East Asian family or (shock horror) a mixed couple fronts up to an auction or open house, the pffs scramble back to their sewers and declare that Straya is being invaded by Chinese.
Josh Qong Tart – part of the imaginary Chinese invasion?
Japanese, Chinese – to the PFF they are all the same. From a racist flyer littered around the inner west and lower North Shore of Sydney.
Actually an Opera House done up as a Chinese flag would be cool for the Vivid Festival. Tourists would love it.
According to FIRB data, the dollar value of real estate investment approvals by country last financial year looked like this:
Hong Kong $1,279m
South Korea $1,083m
And that esteemed body the Reserve Bank notes in its report that:
The available data, while incomplete, suggest that for much of the past decade or so approvals granted for foreign investment in the residential sector have remained around 5–10 per cent of the value of dwelling turnover in Australia, and perhaps half that share of the total number of dwellings turned over. The actual level of foreign purchases of dwellings has been significantly lower. Foreign purchases appear to be most concentrated in new rather than established dwellings,in higher- rather than lower-priced dwellings, in medium- and high-density dwellings rather than detached dwellings, and in inner-city areas of Sydney and Melbourne rather than other locations
Blaming foreigners for astronomical prices is nothing but a scapegoat for the policies enacted by government on behalf of bankers and landowners that makes housing unaffordable. Those who are discontented with the current states of affairs should focus their attention on our own government rather than searching for foreign influences.
Add to that the universal tendency of the residential property market and developers to talk up their offerings, to oversell and to bully councils and communities into accepting unsustainable developments and you have the reasons why housing costs so much.
Maybe Niqi with his cosy perch in one of the wealthiest suburbs in Sydney with at least one property in Rozelle does not get that.
A fringe anti-Islamic group’s hate campaign against Muslims has sparked a backlash, with police investigating death threats and an apparent attempted murder, and a warning that this report contains offensive language.
SARAH FERGUSON, PRESENTER: Police and Australia’s domestic spy agency are investigating a fringe anti-Islamic group waging a hate campaign against Australian Muslims.
The Australian Defence League has been following and photographing Muslim women on public transport, displaying anti-Islamic posters outside mosques and filming at Muslim schools and posting the videos online.
The League, which incites its followers to violence, is led by a former soldier who claims to have support from within the Defence Force.
His group has only a few paid members, but an unknown number of followers. The campaign has fuelled a backlash, with police investigating death threats and an apparent attempted murder.
Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop has been investigating the Australian Defence League, and a warning: this report contains some offensive language.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP, REPORTER: This is the Australian Defence League in action, waging a vicious hate campaign against Muslims on the streets of Sydney.
AUST. DEFENCE LEAGUE MEMBER: We are not a hate group, but we are a group that does hate Islam – period.
RALPH CERMINARA, PRESIDENT, AUST. DEFENCE LEAGUE: We have Muslims gang raping, killing the father and mother for an unpaid bill, just the other day. Molestering seven girls in one day. Multiple wives. Female genital mutilation. Spreading their disgust for our country and our Government.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: The Australian Defence League is a far-right anti-Islamic group set up in 2009. It’s a registered not-for-profit organisation. Its mission is to have Islam banned in Australia.
RALPH CERMINARA: Hello everyone. I am the president of the ADL, the Australian Defence League. I’m also an ex-soldier from the Australian Army.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: Ralph Cerminara has been the Australian Defence League’s national president for more than three years. He’s been visiting mosques to put up anti-Islamic posters, ratcheting up tensions with the Muslim community with his poisonous rhetoric.
RALPH CERMINARA: So we’re not out there going after Muslims with pitchforks and things like that.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: But you are going after Muslims individually?
RALPH CERMINARA: Well of course. They’re coming after us. They’re raping our children. They’re raping our families. They are – now in the west, it’s pretty much a crime capital of Sydney and we all know what’s going on down there.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: Ralph Cerminara uses social media to campaign against the country’s Muslims. This was recently posted on Facebook.
RALPH CERMINARA (male voiceover, Facebook post): “I’m calling for the end of Islam in our country and hopefully the world. If Muslims have to die then so be it. It is us against them.”
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: And Ralph Cerminara made this call to action to more than 12,000 followers.
RALPH CERMINARA (male voiceover, Facebook post): “Do you have bed sheets walking around in your community? Do you know what is under that sheet? Take photos wherever you are and send them to us.”
(In person)… We’ve encouraged the public to actually take photos of people in public areas where, legally, you’re allowed to take it.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: The Australian Defence League has been stalking Muslim women on public transport.
This mother of three was on the morning train in Sydney just over a fortnight ago when she was secretly photographed by an Australian Defence League member. She had no idea what had happened until she got to work. She’s still so scared; she’ll only speak to us anonymously.
ANONYMOUS WOMAN: My friend called to warn me that my picture was up on the ADL Facebook page. As soon as I saw the picture, I went into shock.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: The picture was accompanied by this caption.
ADL FACEBOOK PAGE CAPTION (male voiceover): “Are you having problems getting a man? Then join Islam, taking the world’s rejects, paedophiles and weak-minded people for thousands of years.”
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: It provoked vile comments on the Australian Defence League Facebook page.
Fearful for her safety, the woman turned to Maha Abdo from the Muslim Women’s Association.
MAHA ABDO, MULSIM WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION: Why are they attacking women? Why are they taking photos without their consent? Whether it is racism or it is not, it’s not about that anymore. It’s about the effect of their words and their – you know, their reaction on normal, average people.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: The woman is now on stress leave.
ANONYMOUS WOMAN: When I’m alone, I have panic attacks. I need to, you know, see a counsellor and work through my fears to see if I can go back on a train and get over this.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: Ralph Cerminara is unapologetic about targeting Muslim women.
RALPH CERMINARA: They are putting that hijab on themselves, the same as a person putting up a satanic star around their neck. We know what they stand for by putting that on.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: So they deserve to be ridiculed online?
RALPH CERMINARA: Um, well, in a public forum, if that’s the way it has to happen, well then so be it.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: In the videos it makes, the Australian Defence League boasts of strong support from within the Defence Force, including amongst naval officers in Operation Sovereign Borders.
This song, by an ADL member, is called Border Patrol. It’s a violent call to arms against Muslims and asylum seekers.
RALPH CERMINARA: We have a huge support from the Defence Force – or the personnel in the Defence Force, I should say. There’s a lot of members in the Army that are still naturally involved with us, and when the time comes, they will be on our side.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: Earlier this year, the Navy launched an investigation into the involvement of Navy personnel in the Australian Defence League. This month it announced several sailors had been dismissed for bigoted posts on social media, but it found no serving Navy personnel were ADL members.
Two months ago, Nathan Abela was made the Australian Defence League’s Western Sydney president.
He’s been stirring up trouble by handing out anti-Muslim pamphlets at shopping centres.
Nathan Abela also targeted Australia’s biggest Islamic school.
NATHAN ABELA, ADL PRESIDENT, WESTERN SYDNEY: Absolutely ridiculous. Why do you need 10-foot walls outside a school with a security checkpoint for a simple mosque and school? What’s going on in there?
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: Last month, he filmed the Malek Fahd School in Sydney’s south-west and posted the video on YouTube.
NATHAN ABELA: Why do we need four f***ing locks in the middle of Sydney with a mosque in it and children like this? So, I dare say they’re keeping and locking up people inside there…
RAY BARRETT, PRINCIPAL, MALEK FAHD ISLAMIC SCHOOL: He was indicating that things might’ve been going on here, like terrorism. Why somebody would indicate that there was something un-Australian going on behind the walls when all it is is one of New South Wales’ top schools.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: It so worried headmaster Ray Barrett that he called the police, who alerted the counter-terrorism command and ASIO.
RAY BARRETT: It was the subsequent Facebook comments that disturbed some people. Comments like, “Wait until people are inside the mosque and then we’ll do an RPG and a C4,” and for people my age, I had to Google that to know it’s rocket-propelled grenades and plastic explosives and, you know, pretty damaging – or inciteful – inciteful stuff.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: Students were appalled by the comments about their school.
RAY BARRETT: What did you think about it?
RAY BARRETT: Stupid?
STUDENT II: Terrible.
STUDENT III: It was very racist.
RAY BARRETT: Yes.
STUDENT III: Yes.
RAY BARRETT: And how’d you feel about that?
STUDENT III: Threatened.
STUDENT IV: I thought it was really disrespectful of him to start trouble throughout the community.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: Nathan Abela’s campaign provoked a series of threats from Muslim activists.
ZAKY MALLAH, MUSLIM ACTIVIST: Hey, Nathan? You and your other ADL thugs … we will take you on, nose to nose.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: Some went even further.
MUSLIM ACTIVIST II: Nathan, you are making yourself a clear target for the Muslims out there. … If you do not accept Islam as your salvation, there will come a time where Jesus, peace be upon him, he will come back. And when he comes back, he won’t be in (inaudible). It’s either you will accept Islam as your salvation or you will die by the sword.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: A few days later, gun shots were fired into Nathan Abela’s home.
NATHAN ABELA: Went like this (opening blind and looking out of window), looked, (closing blind) went like that, “Nathan, is that you?” Turned around and f***ing yes, it is and just f***ing – from about here to where the table is, I jumped and I was bang, bang, bang, bang, fired at.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: Where did the bullets go?
ZAKY MALLAH: I was surprised that it happened, but I was more surprised that it didn’t happen sooner.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: Muslim activist Zaky Mallah says the ADL was looking for trouble.
ZAKY MALLAH: I think everything that Nathan Abela and Ralph have done has built up to the point where an individual or a group of individuals have taken the laws into their own hand and decided to do something about it.
NATHAN ABELA: I’m adamant it’s – the Islamic community have their hands deep into what happened. They are involved in what happened, definitely.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: Nathan Abela claims the ADL is still receiving threats like this one:
CALLER: I’m going to put a whole clip in you, you f***ing dog. Do you know who you’re f***ing with, you piece of s**t?
MALE VOICE: Who am I f***ing with?
CALLER: The whole f***ing clip, I’m going to f***ing put it in you, you ****sucking mutt, righteously.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: Last week, anxious Muslims met with police to demand action against the Australian Defence League.
REBECCA KAY, COMMUNITY ADVOCATE: Why aren’t you saying that this is not acceptable in Australian society the same way that everyone’s quick to jump on the barrel as soon as a Muslim person steps out of line?
DR JAMAL RIFI, COMMUNITY LEADER: They are a serious threat to public order and danger to community harmony and that’s why we are here tonight.
NICK KALDAS, NSW DEPUTY POLICE COMMISSIONER: It’s unacceptable, we will not tolerate it and we will be there to do something about it.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: Senior police say they’re taking the conflict seriously.
NICK KALDAS: There is a fairly large investigation going on at the moment in relation to all the stuff they’ve done on the internet. There’s also some legal advice that we need to get and some of the offences we can’t charge until approval’s given by the Attorney-General’s Department, and that will be pursued, obviously.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: Police have since laid charges against Nathan Abela, including trespassing and using the internet to menace, harass or offend.
Australia’s most senior Muslim leader, the Grand Mufti, is urging Muslims not to turn to violence.
IBRAHIM ABU MUHAMMAD, GRAND MUFTI OF AUSTRALIA: Angry reactions will not bring your rights. Angry reactions will make you a suspect, instead of a victim. And this will open avenues for the real suspect to evade justice.
SEAN RUBINSZTEIN-DUNLOP: He warns the ADL poses an extreme danger.
IBRAHIM ABU MUHAMMAD: They want to explode society. Organisations created in the name of defending Australia want to start a fire in all Australia. They deal with the most precious thing a human being has, and that is his beliefs.
SARAH FERGUSON: Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop reporting.
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.
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
Sergio Redegalli has had a rough time of it since coming out of the closet as a proud anti-Muslim.
We have watched Sergio’s career with great hilarity interest since we discovered that on his rapid downward trajectory from being a respected glass artist to the company of the odorous underbelly of Australian politics he has apparently at times disguised himself as a woman and infiltrated public toilets all over the place.
Secondly despite the arcane powers vested in his wall art, he was unable to scratch up more than 87 votes in the 2012 NSW Local Government elections, despite even standing in a group with apparently non-Fascist independents, cafe owner George Reiterbauer and grumpy resident activist Chelsea Kovic.
But perhaps the most puzzling incident happened on the 10th February and was lovingly reported by “Sheik Yermami” AKA Werner Reimann on his Farts of Jihad bloglet (we won’t link to it)
OK so here’s Sergio in the lobby of Newtown Police Station with blood from an obvious head injury with photographs kindly provided by someone.
And unlike the enemy, who stalk, harass, threaten and intimidate, TAB deplores violence, even against the enemy.
However, when one reads the allegations and looks at the injury one starts to wonder.
The allegation is that “unknown assailants in a moving car” threw a bottle at the victim, thus causing the head wound.
The chances that an unbroken bottle hurled from a moving car can cause a laceration deep enough to bleed that copiously (and yes we know head wounds do bleed copiously) are somewhat low. Experts we consulted tell us it looks like an injury delivered at close quarters.
This did not phase Team Sergio who went on to post their reactions. Ralph Cerminara, who is distinctly out of favour at the moment with the collection of street thugs he formerly led ADL, was one of the first, promising the group which has just booted him out would be there to deliver some unspecified help, probably involving a lot of shouty posts on Facebook.
All were mainly promoting the notion of the blow having been delivered by those damn Muslamic rayguns, egged on by traitorous multicultural magistrates – a notion which will go down really well at the local court.
And then there was the last comment which allowed its anti-Semitism to briefly emerge before tucking it back in its pants.
We hope Sergio has recovered. We enjoy laughing at him and his misguided mates.
PS: When the alleged bottle chucker emerges from gaol the Australian cricket team want to talk to him.
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.
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.
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’.
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:
No doubt about it Ralph Cerminara, the lonely computer guy and T shirt loving Inner West Fascist, wastes no time in recruiting and grooming little boys for his Pied Piper army rabble (one of the) ADL(s).
Here is one of them, tasked with spamming the TAB page with rubbish.
Karl Ralfe who calls himself “Karl Eks” ( + a jumble of initials which are supposed to show what an awesome street soldier he is but which actually make him look like a fuckwit) and who has no face or one so hideous it cannot be revealed, arrived at TAB with the following drivel which we thought we’d put up here to give everyone a laugh.
Now Karl actually doesn’t like what TAB does. And TAB doesn’t really care what the little dumber boy thinks of what it does.
But we will say that if the likes of Karleksadlnfse went near an NGO to offer his services they’d be well advised to call the cops. And they don’t like his sort at schools either.
As a matter of fact TAB does not spend all its time toppling tiresome intolerants like Karleksadlnfse. Among our large number of supporters and activists, you will find people who actually work for NGOs, and in hospitals and schools – except they don’t trumpet it from the rooftops because they do not need the approval of the likes of Karleksadlnfse
We don’t have to humiliate and belittle the likes of Karleksadlnfse and his ADL mates. They do a great job of that themselves.
We worked hard for our education. You don’t have to be “well-educated” anyway to be compassionate, non-discriminatory and tolerant. Just try being compassionate, non-discriminatory and tolerant.
And yes, we detest fringe extremist groups like the ADL because we remember that a hell of a lot of good people have died fighting their sort of Fascism.
We aren’t interested in giving Karleksadlnfse and his sort a platform for hate speech, nor do we tolerate dodgy links from shonky websites.
That’s not news. That’s far right propaganda.
Gillard is actually flipping the bird at the likes of Karleksadlnfse. Far right males with exaggerated notions of entitlement put a nation’s openness, cohesion and tolerance in jeopardy.
They are also very boring.
This spam was so incoherent and so lacking in purpose that we decided it should go up. 🙂
Oh NOW we get it…
Funny thing is, no one at TAB said anything about the military not being necessary. Karleksadlnfse must have those voices in his head again.
We find that most people who join groups like the ADL are psychologically troubled.
Can anyone translate this into English? You get a hot date with Karleksadlnfse if you can.
Being a refugee or asylum seeker does not mean you do not have money. Being a refugee or asylum seeker means you are likely not to be alive if you remain in your country of origin.
Refugees often carry their money with them either as cash or in the form of jewellery. They are liable to be robbed and ripped off in their journey to asylum. They know this.
They have done this as long as there have been refugees.
And Karleksadlnfse is a bullshit artist. The only “official government documents” he would have ever seen would be the ones the police officers bring to the door.
We wonder what “diseases” this moron is talking about. We worry more about the obvious psychiatric conditions which Karleksadlnfse and his sort are manifesting.
Another year, another election, and once again patriots and upright-citizens-with-lower-cognitive-abilities will be appealed to by the far right, while the far left pitch their message to that dreary tribe of high-minded women and sandal-wearers and bearded fruit-juice drinkers who come flocking towards the smell of ‘progress’ like bluebottles to a dead cat.
Or something like that.
R I G H T
For the far right — a mixed bag including Dr James Saleam‘s Australia First Party, a handful of Protectionists, the Freedom-loving, Muslim-hating Nick Folkes, assorted miscellaneous individuals (including some number among the more mainstream Christian parties) and Others — the entry of zillionaire Clive’s ‘Palmer United Party’ and the emergence of the anti-Muslim, anti-multiculturalism Rise Up Australia will sap some energies, as will The Mad Katter in Queensland and Pauline in NSW. And of course, a commitment to Stopping the Boats & Imprisoning their Occupants unites Australia, its voters and its political parties in a way few other issues do (though there are obviously nuances in major and minor party approaches to the question).
But aside, perhaps, from One Nation, which might be more accurately described as right-wing populist, the chief player on the far right is AF. (Late last year Andrew Zammit produced ‘A tentative table on far-right radicalism’ which is especially relevant to this discussion.) AF is standing Alex Norwick in Chifley, Jim Saleam in Cook, John Carbonari in Deakin, Mick Saunders in Lindsay, Tony Pettitt in Macquarie, Michael Chehoff in Newcastle, Terry Cooksley in Port Adelaide, Lorraine Sharp in Riverina and Senate tickets in NSW and Queensland.
Finally, on a related note, the Australian Defence League — now in its third or fourth incarnation on the Internets, the self-appointed leader in this case being some bloke called Ralph Cerminara — appears to be working in close collaboration with the Wilders-inspired micro-Party for Freedom. Both parties are driven by a pathological hatred of Muslims and regularly refer to them as ‘animals’ and ‘scum’.
And from our own senior source in the Division of Riverina comes this story on one such candidate, a serial party person by the name of Lex (Alex) Stewart.
Australia has a legacy of immigration as the primary building block of the nation, from the first arrival of convicts in chains and under punishment to the evolution of the White Australia Policy, the subsequent relaxing of that policy and the according of equal rights in the Citizens Electoral Act to all in Australia, regardless of background.
In 1788 the issue of boat people first raised its head for the original 400,000 Aboriginals and then again in 1975 with arrivals from Vietnam and China landing after long dangerous journeys to seek safe haven. Although criticised by the UN and other bodies for detaining casual arrivals, we can be proud of our acceptance of people from all walks of life, of giving them safety and of allowing ourselves to be enriched by cultures other than our own.
Griffith in particular has an amazing history of post WW1 and WW2 migration from Italy as well as China, with the mixture being added to in modern times by many other people of a variety of origins, a good thing that makes Griffith and the district prosper.
So why am I writing today? Simple, elections are upon us and we vote to exercise our power to replace governments, to install governments and to even ensure candidates who are unpalatable do not ever get near the halls of power. That last is the most powerful tool inherent in our vote, to keep the unwanted, intolerant and distasteful candidates away from our lives. We assign power to the people we want based on many factors, one of which is policy, the other personality.
This particular PUP candidate is like a rat jumping from ship to ship. From the Christian Democrats, he then crossed swords with the racist Australia First Party. When he was with the Citizens Electoral Party he was a Sydney candidate and a major disruption to the voters’ focus. Winds of change sent him lurching to the One Nation fiasco where as its NSW treasurer he was fully on-board with Hanson’s policies regarding immigration.
At the same time he was involved with the One Nation group, he aligned himself with the Great Australians Party, its founder John Cummings (owner of McCaffertys Coaches) said of the candidate, that he was “mentally disturbed” and “wrecked the pseudo party” at great personal and financial cost to Mr Cummings and his group in general.
The candidate has also been a Liberal organiser in West Sydney, so you begin to get a feel for his fair weather friend attitude and blatant desire to gain influence and power at any cost and with anyone who will give him a vehicle to spread his wings.
His right and far right credentials are well known. He is poison not only to his party of choice but to the electorate he purports to want to represent. I imagine with horror the reaction of our immigrant population here if they knew any of this, and I believe they do not. He has zero financial credibility and is a worry to any right thinking person if he ever had a position that allowed him access to public money. He is racist and bigoted, with a healthy dose of xenophobia thrown in for good measure.
He will speak not only with a forked tongue but will knife a person in the back if it would advance his personal agenda one iota. I implore you to join me in giving this fraud no votes whatsoever. The people of Griffith and surrounds need to know just who this person who is infiltrating events and gatherings to speak oily words of corruption into receptive ears. And the minute the many families here from overseas and with overseas parents etc. found out his true colours he would rightly become a burden to Palmer and hopefully lose the election as well as not being re-endorsed for anything political.
Riverina folk of all backgrounds have an opportunity to make sure an opportunist does not speak for them on a national stage about anything, let alone foreign or immigration policy. Our wonderful and vibrant community was built on the backs of the very people he has in the past vilified and singled out with policies and views that discriminated and marginalised these people who live among us. Use the power of your vote and keep the Riverina for the people of the Riverina, regardless of where they originated.
“Too right wing” doesn’t seem to worry the highest ranks of the NSW Liberal Party at the moment. Less than a fortnight ago, Brogden defended the right of a former One Nation secretary, Lex Stewart, to join the Liberal Party’s Kellyglen branch in north-west Sydney.
“Everybody’s entitled to join the Liberal Party so long as they subscribe to our broad range of views,” Brogden was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald. “Not every former One Nation voter or every former One Nation member is a ridiculous extremist.”
However, the Australian Jewish News has said that Stewart was a senior One Nation official who addressed the Sydney Forum in 2003, an event organised by the extreme right wing Adelaide Institute, run by Holocaust denier Frederic Toben, who has served prison time in Germany for his views.
He [Stewart] was integral in the establishment of the Great Australians party, and was its National Leader in 2002. Just like the Citizens Electoral Council, GA calls for tax reform and economic isolationism. But just like the CEC, the party also believes in a global conspiracy involving international finance, global government and — of course — the Jews…
Lex Stewart helped establish an anti-Semitic political party, and gave a speech to a conference of racists and Holocaust-deniers,” Carr [former blogger and Labor staffer Robert Carr] concluded. “These are not matters that can be lightly brushed aside, and it is incumbent upon John Brogden to follow them up (there might be a perfectly innocent explanation) and decide whether such a person is welcome as a member of the NSW Liberal Party.”
Nicholas Folkes and his fast-diminishing fan club, now called the Party for Freedumb or something equally dopey, are the Don Quixotes of the far right.
Don Niqi does the stupid again
You would think that at some stage some kind person would take them aside and point out what muppets they are. But instead they keep on the same pathway to fail.
The pathway to fail in this instance was Sussex Street Sydney on Sunday 20th June outside the closed-for-the-weekend Labor Council office during World Refugee Week. And with typical strategic foresight the Pffs decided to hold their gigantic big huge awesome demo. Something about visa overstayers…?
1. on a Sunday in the middle of winter
2. in what is effectively a narrow one way street
To top it all off Sussex Street is almost in Chinatown. How the bogots must have been filled with fear to see the thousands of local and overseas Asians who flock there at weekends to sample the retail and culinary delights of nearby Haymarket.
Here is Niqi’s pathetic little hate gathering.
Thousands Hundreds A few Muslim haters shivering outside an evil green socialist left-wing building with a blue car.
Here is the real Rally for Refugees, attracting hundreds of people held at the Town Hall on the same day and featuring well-known guest speakers.
We can tell you who featured at Sussex Street. Niqi’s new Sancho Panza, Ralphski.
Ralph also likes to contact women he doesn’t even know. That must be why he is currently desperate and dateless. Note the breathtaking sophistication of the message.
Ah well he always has Niqi. Niqi doesn’t like women all that much either.
Now Niqi was it really fair to subject those 15 odd definitely mentally impaired racists to the horrors of multicultural Sydney with all those scary people of a different colour and all that delicious foreign food when all they want to do on a cold Sunday is to huddle at home like troo Strayans and watch people whom they think look like them on the telly?
And always the copycats, they cannot even copy-and-paste their own party correctly. Niqi has long insisted that his new Facebook group party is modelled on his hero Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party.
However there is one glaring difference. Wilders it seems has no problems with GLBTI rights and same sex marriage. Everything with his limited issue party is subsumed to the task of ridding the Netherlands and Europe of “teh_mooslems”.
By contrast Niqi’s PFF party is all over the shop with “policies” on everything grabbed from a motley array of far right sewers including Fred Nile’s Christian Democrats, Niqi’s former home the Australian Pathetic Party, the League of Rights, One Nation… you get the picture?
We won’t bore you with a link but if you want to have a laugh just Google “Party for Freedom”.
Niqi has also been somewhat out of favour with certain other nutzis because he has an Asian wife – despite his well-publicised vilification of Filipino women and his championing of white exceptionalism.
After we published our exposé on the Support Tony Abbott site we received a barrage of hate mail and trolling from the site’s supporters and creators. As was to be expected. After all bogots don’t like seeing their inadequacies uncovered and scrutinised.
We thought we’d feature self-confessed troll and fan of hate free speech Ralph Cerminara’s little contribution since it was not as redolent with obscenities as some of the others.
And he does love that free hate speech! So does his fake mate Mongoose, who also seems to hate Muslims as well as hating Julia Gillard. Way to go Ralphie!
Bet Tony Abbott is really impressed with the quality of his supporters and the sort of country they want.