------------------------------------------- A periodic publication of the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission ADC SPECIAL REPORT No. 3, October 2001 ------------------------------------------- 2001 Federal election CANDIDATES & PARTIES - THE RACIST LINKS CANDIDATES The B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) is committed to documenting all manifestations of organised racism in Australia. With the approach of the 2001 Federal election, it is important to investigate possible racist links in the political arena. The listing below is aimed at identifying possible links between organised racist groups and candidates who are or who have been members of such groups, have expressed support for their activities, participated or spoken at their events, and/or have promoted their views. (Candidates for the racist Citizens Electoral Council and the Curtin Labor Alliance, are listed under the heading "Parties".) The views of some candidates may have changed since being associated with a racist group. Some candidates may no longer hold views that they once held. *** TASMANIA Candidate: Denis Collins Party: One Nation Seat: Bass Racist links: Citizens Electoral Council, AUSI Freedom Scouts, The Strategy Collins is a former Country Liberal Party, and later an Independent, Member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. In 1991 (by then an Independent) he stated in the NT Parliament that "pornography and associated crimes were linked to Jewish organisations and US drug lords". The contents of this diatribe were lifted from a publication of the US Lyndon LaRouche neo-fascist cult, which contends that a cabal of Jewish bankers is trying to subjugate the world. Collins has in fact been a member of the LaRouchian Australian arm, the Citizens Electoral Council (CEC), visited the US on a LaRouche-sponsored tour, authored articles in the CEC's newspaper, and spoken at a CEC conference in Melbourne. Collins has also written for the racist newspaper, The Strategy, and admitted to being the Northern Territory contact for the militia group, AUSI Freedom Scouts, which believes in an impending Asian invasion of Australia. >From the NT, Collins moved to Yanco in southern NSW where he hosted meetings in his home for both Australia First and One Nation. He stood as an Independent in the 1998 Federal election for the seat of Riverina, NSW, receiving 1.64% of the total votes. He has since moved to Tasmania. *** QUEENSLAND Candidate: Selwyn Johnston Party: Independent Seat: Blair Racist links: Australian League of Rights, The Strategy Johnston is the head of the Rural Action Movement of Queensland (RAM), which is an influential force in far-right political circles in the State. He has written reports in the racist newspaper, The Strategy, and for the Queensland far-right paper, The New Australia Times, and has spoken at Australian League of Rights' events, and acted as a contact for their forums in Queensland. When questioned on an ABC TV Four Corners program in April 2001 about his ties with the League of Rights, Johnston categorically denied any such association. But when asked whether he had any problems with the League he responded that he has no problem with "just about anything, so long as they're getting the message out to the people as where we should be going rather than where we are going". When told by the program's compere that the League is virulently antisemitic, Johnston replied: "That's your terminology. I wouldn’t have said that at all". Johnston is particularly outspoken in his criticism of Native Title, describing it as "highly discriminatory" and "divisive". He has also referred to the "Wik mess" and demanded that ATSIC be abolished. Johnston believes that the United Nations Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is "just another attempt at establishing world government by stealth and deception". Queensland members of Graeme Campbell's far-right Australia First Party (which has effectively merged with One Nation) are lending their time and expertise to Johnston in his election campaign. Candidate: Tony Pitt Party: Independent Seat: Wide Bay Racist links: Australian League of Rights A prolific writer on far-right issues, Pitt is the former editor of the now-defunct right-wing Confederate Action Party newspaper and has been active in One Nation. He disseminates his ideas through his website and self-published newspapers, National Interest, Wake Up Australia, Student News and Rural Action Movement News. Pitt has spoken at the far-right Inverell Forum, acts as a contact for Australian League of Rights’ forums, and promotes League of Rights' tracts in his newspapers. Pitt rails against: * Aboriginal rights ("the real aim of those who control the ALP/DEM/LIB/NAT/GREENS is civil war - black against white. They seek to divide and conquer, call in the UN, and then take it all"); * foreign investment ("if you knew that the USA is controlled by foreign bankers would you find it easier to believe that Australia is too?"); * multiculturalism ("the whole multicultural industry is parasitic political indoctrination"); * the media ("lies and deceit are powerful tools used by the mainstream media to control the ordinary people in Australia and indeed throughout the world"); and * the Government ("instead of warning the Australian people that we were being pushed around by multinational corporations, swindled by international bankers, dictated to by the UN, and bought out by foreigners, the political parties that have governed Australia for the past 30 years have actually cooperated in the process"). Pitt is also a strident critic of anti-gun laws, voicing support for the Port Arthur conspiracy theory, which contends that the 1996 massacre of 35 people in Tasmania was a Government plot to disarm Australians as part of a "New World Order". *** SOUTH AUSTRALIA Candidate: David Dwyer Party: One Nation Seat: Wakefield Racist links: Australian Independent Alliance/Australian Freedom Foundation Dwyer is associated with the Australian Freedom Foundation (AFF). He ran as a candidate in the 1993 South Australian State election for the Australian Independent Alliance (AIA), which in 1994 transformed into the AFF. Earlier this year he addressed the AFF's far-right Adelaide Forum. There is a clear link between the AFF and the Australian League of Rights: leaders of the AFF have spoken at League events and have published articles in League publications; the AFF newsletter has cited League leaders and publications; and the ultra-nationalist, fundamentalist Christian, pro-monarchist approach of the AFF appears to mirror that of the League. The AFF newsletter is replete with references to the alleged Socialist "One World Government", and has claimed that "We have traitors in our governments who are quite prepared to allow foreigners to take over this country and change its formerly Christian based laws". Candidate: Jack King Party: Independent Seat: Boothby Racist links: Australian League of Rights, Adelaide Institute King has spoken to the Australian League of Rights and has received support from Fredrick Toben and his Holocaust-denying Adelaide Institute. He has espoused rabid antisemitic views, including invoking the claim of the notorious Czarist forgery, the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, that Jews are behind an insidious plot to achieve world domination. At a 1999 rally in Sydney protesting against NATO air strikes in Yugoslavia, King publicly accused the "Elders of Zion" of waging war in the Balkans and alleged that the "Western media is almost entirely owned by Zionists". In October 2000, King addressed a Palestinian protest outside the US consulate general in Sydney. He decried the "lies, deceit, hatred and brutality of those Talmudic, Zionist Jews" and claimed that "the United States is controlled by Zionist Jews and their stooges, who run America and the White House". Jews are also allegedly "imbued with a very deep hatred of Christianity" and a "key objective" of Judaism is "to destroy Christianity as well as to gain world control". The "Zionist Jews” are also "invading and taking over Australia" and "are behind the divisive, non-assimilating, extreme multicultural policies and the present friction between Aborigines and other Australians". The media is supposedly "dominated by Zionist Jews... It is responsible for promoting the Holocaust lie... and the undermining of our morality, sovereignty, culture and independence". King calls on the Palestinians and all Australians to "get the right people in Parliament before it is too late". *** WESTERN AUSTRALIA Candidate: Graeme Campbell Party: One Nation Seat: Senate Racist links: Australian League of Rights >From 1980-1995, Campbell held the Federal electorate of Kalgoorlie for the Australian Labor Party (ALP). The ALP subsequently voted 20-0 to strip him of the party's endorsement, principally over his association with the racist right. Campbell had begun to forge links with the Australian League of Rights in 1993 and has since addressed the group's meetings on numerous occasions. He has described the League of Rights as simply "an odd bunch who just happen to believe in God, Queen and country". Campbell has also made numerous remarks over the years attacking Asians, Aborigines, Jews, Muslims, and other minorities. (These were detailed in the May 2001 ADC Special Report on Campbell.) Campbell's candidature for One Nation follows years of association with other far-right parties, including the xenophobic Australians Against Further Immigration and his own Australia First Party (which has since merged with One Nation). *** NEW SOUTH WALES Candidate: Rex Connor Party: Advance Australia Party Seat: Senate Racist links: Australian League of Rights The son of a minister in the Whitlam Labor Government, Connor has made a name for himself in extremist circles by speaking to the Australian League of Rights on several occasions, attacking the Australian Labor Party for having "sold out Australia". It is alleged by the League of Rights that Connor is "critical of immigration policy, multiculturalism, foreign investment, UN intervention". In 1988 Connor set up the Wollongong-based Advance Australia Party to promote his views. The Party has attacked any notion of apologising to the Aborigines, railed against the "subjugation of Australia by any UN inspired treaties", and in 1994 accused the then Labor Government of showing "animosity towards out Anglo-Celtic forebears to whom we owe so much". Candidate: Bevan O'Regan Party: Independent Seat: Gwydir Racist links: Australian League of Rights O'Regan is an activist in the Australian League of Rights. He has spoken at numerous League functions and the League funded his video, "Your Council the target". O'Regan has been quoted as bitterly opposing Asian immigration, claiming there is a "One World Government", and alleging that AIDS is part of an international conspiracy. He has previously stood as a candidate for both Australians Against Further Immigration and One Nation and was also one of the drafters of One Nation’s constitution. O'Regan is currently a keyworker for the extremist political party, The Great Australians, which was unable to register with the Electoral Commission in time for the election. *** VICTORIA Candidate: Robyn Spencer Party: One Nation Seat: Senate Racist links: Australian League of Rights A founding member of the xenophobic party, Australians Against Further Immigration (AAFI), Spencer later defected to One Nation, authoring its 1998 immigration policy and becoming its Victorian President. Following the 1998 Federal election she split with One Nation over electoral funding issues, but returned to the fold in May 2001, helping the party to revamp its immigration policy. Spencer has spoken on several occasions at Australian League of Rights’ events. Candidate: John Pasquarelli Party: Independent Seat: Bendigo Racist links: Australian Civil Liberties Union Pasquarelli, a former political adviser to Pauline Hanson, has served as the Secretary of one of Victoria's foremost racist and Holocaust-denying organisations, the Australian Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Not to be confused with the respected Australian Council for Civil Liberties, the deceptively-titled ACLU is a small organisation dedicated to the advancement of a range of racist views, including denial of the Holocaust, that hate crimes against Jews are "hoaxes", that the "Asian invasion must be stopped", and that Aboriginal reconciliation is "a white man’s guilt trip". Interviewed on Steve Price's program on Melbourne Radio 3AW in August 2000, Pasquarelli repeatedly refused to answer the question as to whether he supports the Holocaust-denying views of the ACLU, instead suggesting that the "Jewish community's pretty well split right down the centre" on the subject. He also claimed that he has "found no evidence" that the ACLU is a racist organisation. PARTIES The listing of candidates above illustrates that links remain between One Nation and racist groups. However, the ADC believes it counterproductive to expose those One Nation-lookalike political parties which are not known to have any clear associations with an organised racist group. Publicising the existence of such groups - all of whom have virtually no chance of winning seats - could merely serve to assist them in advancing their profile-seeking aims. Therefore, the list bellows consists only of those parties which are themselves fronts for organised racist groups. *** Citizens Electoral Council By utilising its registration as a political party as a front for its fundraising operations, the Citizens Electoral Council (CEC) has become Australia’s best-financed racist organisation. As the Australian arm of the US-based Lyndon LaRouche neo-fascist political cult, the CEC believes in an impending world economic crisis, allegedly orchestrated by a cabal of Jewish bankers based in the City of London. In supposed association with the Jews are the Queen and Prince Phillip. The Queen is the alleged head of an international drug cartel and Prince Phillip is "an evil man" who "cooked up" Aboriginal land rights “on behalf of the international financial Oligarchy [a LaRouchian code term for the Jews] which he heads, in order to stop economic development, to splinter nation-states, and to grab control of precious raw materials". The CEC sees cult leader Lyndon LaRouche's economic and political policies as the only course of action open to them to save the world from the Jews. By deceptively promoting itself as a grassroots labour and political movement, the CEC has sought to make its operations look more respectable and to attract converts from the trade union movement, particularly in Western Australia. It has also used its status as a political party to legitimise its operation when preying upon elderly and naïve Australians to give up their life savings towards the CEC cause. Electoral returns for the CEC reveal that over the past four years it has raised over $3.1 million, with over $1.1 raised during 1999-2000. It is believed that a substantial proportion of these funds are directed towards Lyndon LaRouche’s operations in the US. CEC candidates: Victoria Noelene Isherwood - Senate, Vic Robert Barwick - Senate, Vic Doug Mitchell - Aston, Vic Wayne Barwick - Batman, Vic Sleiman Yohanna - Calwell, Vic Gareth Hill - Corio, Vic Frank Williams - Gippsland, Vic Simon Joseph Hall - Hotham, Vic Heather Stanton - Isaacs, Vic Paul Gallagher - Jagajaga, Vic Andre Kozlowski - Maribyrnong, Vic Jeremy Beck - Melbourne Ports, Vic Trudy Campbell - Scullin, Vic Craig Isherwood - Wills, Vic NSW Robert Butler - Senate, NSW Glenys Collins - Senate, NSW David Simpson - Calare, NSW Hal Johnson - Fowler, NSW Jean McClung - Gilmore, NSW Richard Witten - Gwydir, NSW Ann Lawler - Hunter, NSW Graeme Muldoon - Lyne, NSW Angela Griffiths - Page, NSW Tony King - Paterson, NSW Ken Martin - Robertson, NSW Queensland Danny Hope - Senate, Qld Nick Contarino - Senate, Qld Lindsay David Cosgrove - Blair, Qld Ray Gillham - Capricornia, Qld Jan Pukallus - Dawson, Qld Judith Harris - Kennedy, Qld Leslie Vernon Hardwick - Longman, Qld Cindy Rolls - Maranoa, Qld Maurice Hetherington - Wide Bay, Qld Western Australia Jean Robinson - Senate, WA John Watson - Senate, WA Brian McCarthy - Brand, WA John MacDonald - Canning, WA Arthur Harvey - Forrest, WA Ronnie McLean - Hasluck, WA Callum Payne - Kalgoorlie, WA Terry Kay Iturbide - O’Connor, WA Stuart Smith - Pearce, WA Brian Smith - Swan, WA South Australia Ervyn Behn - Senate, SA Tasmania Caroline Larner - Bass, Tas Northern Territory Peter Flynn - Senate, NT ACT James Arnold - Senate, ACT *** Curtin Labor Alliance As part of its ongoing efforts at deceiving voters, the Citizens Electoral Council (CEC) has registered another political party, the Curtin Labor Alliance (CLA). This name is clearly intended to mislead traditional Australian Labor Party supporters. The CEC is thus running candidates under its own name, as well as under the CLA banner. Several of the CLA candidates are associated with the Municipal Employees’ Union of Western Australia, a maverick trade union of blue collar workers, which has effectively been taken-over by CEC propagandists. The Australian Council of Trade Unions has issued a warning to its members about the deceptive techniques of the CEC. CLA candidates: Adrian Bennett - Senate, Western Australia June Bennett - Senate, Western Australia Megan Kirwan - Forrest, Western Australia Michael Daniels - Hasluck, Western Australia Ian Burt - Kalgoorlie, Western Australia Simon Makin - Swan, Western Australia Copyright (c) October 2001, B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission Inc., a national Australian organisation dedicated to researching and combatting all forms of racism. Tel. (03) 9527 1228, fax (03) 9525 9127, email email@example.com. Prepared by Mr Benseon Apple, Director of Research & Public Affairs. Assistance was provided by the research staff: Dr R. Gouttman (Senior Policy Analyst), Mrs A. Gladwin, Ms N. Schlesinger, and Mrs D. Miller. ---------------------------------------------------- The B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission Inc. (ADC) is a national organisation dedicated to researching and combatting all forms of racism. PO Box 450, Caulfield South, Vic 3162, Australia. Phone 61-3-9527-1228 Fax 61-3-9525-9127 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Chairman: Mr Kerry Klineberg Executive Director: Mr Alan Gold Director of Public Affairs: Mr Benseon Apple ADC Board of Advisers: The Rt Hon Sir Zelman Cowen AK GCMG GCVO QC DCL (pres.), Sir Walter Campbell AC, The Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH, The Hon RJL Hawke AC, Professor Lowitja O'Donoghue AC CBE, The Rt Hon Sir Ninian Stephen KG AK GCMG GCVO KBE, The Hon Neville Wran AC QC ----------------------------------------------------
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