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Groups

Australian Brotherhood

Australian Liberty Alliance

Australian Islamist Monitor (AiM)

Party For Freedom

Q Society of Australia (Q)

Rise Up Australia Party

People

Shermon Burgess


GROUPS

Australian Brotherhood

The group set out to stop “the slow but never ending advancement of Islam’s political and social ideologies in Australia”.

Its website had links to the Q Society of Australia and Geert Wilders Facebook page and the organisation supported the newly-launched Australian Liberty Alliance.

This group now appears to be inactive.

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Australian Liberty Alliance (ALA)

Leader: Debbie Robinson

National Secretary: Ralf Schumann (also VP National Operations Q Society of Australia)

Key Activists:

Tony Robinson (husband of Debbie)

Andrew and Susan Horwood.

The ALA launched in Perth in October 2015, modelled on right-wing populist parties of western Europe.

It is a spin-off from the Q Society and the prominent Dutch counter-jihadist politician Geert Wilders attended its launch.

It contests elections on a strongly anti-Muslim agenda. It also opposes multiculturalism and would remove Australia from the UN Charter of Refugees.

It has called for a 10-year moratorium on resident visa applications from countries including Indonesia, Turkey, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Egypt, and many African and Middle Eastern countries and would ban full-face covering in public spaces.

Its anti-Islamic push is supported by Coalition MPs including Cory Bernardi and George Christensen, Reclaim Australia, and the anti-Halal, anti-mosque groups.

  • The party contested elections in 2016, achieving 0.74% of the primary vote (102,982 votes) in the Senate and 0.19% of the primary vote (25,337 votes) in the House of Representatives, gaining representation in neither. Debbie Robinson stood as a Senate candidate in Western Australia
  • Robinson wrote a letter declaring that the party’s operation would be placed on hold for a period of-12-18 months due to lack of funds and time, September 2016
  • Robinson announced the ALA’s plans to run a 2018 election campaign in Victorian, as well as 2019 Federal election campaign.

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Australian Islamist Monitor (AIM)

Founded November 2006, AIM is an anti-Islamic organisation and website that campaigns against Sharia law and the supposed Islamisation of Australia.

It seeks to establish links with like-minded organisations across the world. AIM ceased operations in September 2011 but its website remains active as a reference point which redirects visitors to the Q Society website.

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Party For Freedom

Leader: Nick Folkes

This is a minor Christian paleo-libertarian political party that stands against multiculturalism and Islam in Australia. It has acted as spokespeople for Reclaim Australia.

In 2016 the Party for Freedom suggested stopping “all third world immigration and place third world refugees in Australia on contraception or sterilisation programs” because “mass third world immigration and colonization” into Australia was a “government eugenics program of white genocide”.

  • The party gained attention in 2015, following its presence at Reclaim Australia rallies held in April and July
  • The party also participated in ‘Shut Down Parramatta Mosque’ event in Western Sydney, October 2015
  • It organised a rally opposing the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the St.Vincent’s Care Services nursing home in Eltham, November 2016
  • Organised a march in Point Piper in protest of the intake of refugees from Syria and Iraq, 5 March 2017.

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Q Society of Australia 

President: Debbie Robinson

Spokespeople: Andrew Horwood, Vickie Janson, Kirralie Smith

International Patron:

Robert Spencer (Vice-President, Stop Islamization of Nations; Associate director: American Freedom Defence Initiative and Stop Islamization of America; and Director, Jihad watch)

Founded 1 December 2010 as a grassroots anti-Islamic organisation, it now claims volunteer-run chapters across Australia. The Victoria-based society campaigns against the supposed Islamisation of Australia.

It launched a SOS Save Our Schools from Islamisation campaign in 2011 against the Islamisation of state schools in Australia, and runs a campaign against halal foods.

The Q Society runs regular public events and meetings, speeches and has invited several prominent figures to tour the country.

  • The Society organised ‘Socio-Political Jihad: Conquering the West Without Swords, Guns or Bombs’ speaking tour for one of its Patrons, Robert B. Spencer, across four states in Australia, 26 November – 1 December 2011
  • Attended the ‘Global Counter Jihad’ rally in Stockholm together with SION, Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE), the English Defence League (EDL), European Freedom Initiative, Faith Freedom International, European Defence Leagues, and Freiheit Bavaria
  • Gavin Boby was invited to Australia by the Q Society for a lecture tour, August/September 2012
  • Q Society hosted a speaking tour with Geert Wilders and Sam Solomon in February/March 2013
  • Invited Claire Lopez to speak on ‘Jihad Resurgent: Islamic Challenge, Western Response’ together with Bernard Gaynor, Dr Mark Durie and Michael Smith, August/September 2014
  • The Q society supported Simon Deng, a Sudanese human rights activist, to tour Australia, speaking in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Sydney, November 2014
  • The First International Symposium on Liberty and Islam in Australia was hosted by the Q Society together with SION. Speakers included Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, Babette Francis, Bill Muehlenberg, Debbie Robinson, Dr Mordechai Kedar, Gavin Boby, Ashraf Ramelah, Nonie Darwish, Anders Gravers, Dr John Perkins, Bernard Gaynor, Michael Burd, Bill Muehlenberg and Kirralie Smith, Melbourne, March 2015
  • The Q Society invited cartoonist Larry Pickering as a VIP guest to its fundraising dinner. Pickering stated at the dinner that: “If [Muslims] are in the same street as me, I start shaking”, and that: “They are not all bad, they do chuck pillow-biters off buildings”. At the event two of his cartoons were auctioned, one depicting a woman in a niqab being raped by her son-in-law, and another depicting an imam as a spit-roasted pig with the stamp “halal certified”, February 2017.

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Rise Up Australia Party

Leader: Danny Nalliah

This is a nationalist and Christian conservative political party that has become increasingly concerned with the spread of apparent Islamism in Australia. The party was launched in 2010 and registered on 3 February 2012. Its slogan is ‘Keep Australia Australian’.

The group opposes multiculturalism and calls for the preservation of a Judeo-Christian heritage. It calls for a reduction in the number of Muslims being admitted to Australia. While it has participated in elections it has also attended street protests and was reportedly present at the ‘Shut Down Parramatta Mosque’ event in western Sydney in October 2015.

In 2015, the party’s Facebook page had 6,000 followers. It was banned and suspended on Facebook for 24 hours because of its “hateful speech” content.

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PEOPLE

Shermon Burgess (aka ‘The Great Aussie Patriot’)

Burgess was an early activist of the Australian Defence League, as well as a spokesperson for Reclaim Australia and then the leader of the United Patriots Front, until he stood down in October 2015.

From Cooma in Southern New South Wales his online alter ego is called ‘the Great Aussie Patriot’.

While claiming only to attack militant Islam there are numerous examples of him vilifying all Muslims. He is also vehemently opposed to the Australian left. His online presence means he is one of the best-known organisers of Australian anti-Muslim street protests.

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