If any proof were needed that
multiculturalism not only works, but is alive and well in this fine
country, one need look no further than the Australian neo-Nazi
scene. Our second most famous fascist, Jim Saleam, is of Lebanese
descent and our most famous, Jack Van Tongeren, is half-Indonesian.
It’s the melting pot in action.

Unfortunately, these lads reckon they’re white enough to be white
supremacists, and between them and their bootboys, they’ve been
responsible for a fair few assaults, arsons, and bombings over the last
30 years. Oh, and there was a bit of petty vandalism as well.

But
things died down a bit in the past few years. Jack was in remand
awaiting trial on charges of conspiring to do something-or-other
naughty, and Jim had joined the semi-respectable Australia First Party
and claimed to have settled down. The lads got up to a bit of mischief
every now and then, but mostly the neo-Nazis of Australia just sat
around, got pi*sed, and faded into irrelevance.

Then Cronulla happened and the fash were back in the spotlight – and
with good reason. Members of Australia First and Blood & Honour (an
openly-Nazi music-orientated organisation) both began racist chants and
distributed alcohol and racist literature to a crowd who had possibly
had too much of the former and didn’t need any of the latter. In the
aftermath, at least one of those arrested while heading back to the beach
with a boot full of petrol was affiliated with Saleam’s boys.

Since
Cronulla, Australia First hasn’t really grown in leaps and bounds as it
might have hoped. And while its Australia Day rally at Cronulla
rustled up around a dozen of the usual suspects, they were ignored by
all except some of the media.

But in an interesting new tactic, they have embraced the use of metal
and punk music in their propaganda material. Bands like Fortress, Blood
Red Eagle and Death’s Head extol the myriad virtues of beating up blacks and burning down synagogues. Hard rock has been used by
neo-Nazi groups to spread the word for some 30 years, and the reason
for this will occur to you instantly if you ever have the misfortune to
hear a neo-Nazi leader speak.

The fuhrers of today are really, really boring people. But a few fast
chords and a bit of screaming about kikes and reds is rebellious and
exciting – especially when your target market is made up largely of
marginalised and disaffected teens.

Peter Fray

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