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Nov 23, 2010

Named and shamed

The reaction to the Federal Government's new immigration detention centre in South Australia has turned ugly, with a far Right party determined to exploit it.

The far-right Australia First Party, which was revealed yesterday seeking to exploit resentment toward the proposed Inverbrackie immigration detention facility by letterboxing a viciously anti-refugee pamphlet, has started publicly identifying “supporters” of the Inverbrackie immigration facility as part of its effort to “mobilize” the people of the Adelaide Hills against asylum seekers.

The party, which stood candidates in Queensland in the recent Federal election, has distributed a pamphlet in the Adelaide Hills that refers to a refugee “invasion” and calls for a “community strike” to ostracise anyone who supports the facility. It claims the Government is “handing over army bases” to “cashed-up ‘asylum seekers'” as part of “recolonization of your land”.


The party attacked Adelaide Hills mayor Bill Spragg on its website after he told the ABC the council was considering taking legal action to prevent further distributions of the material. The party declared “Australia First refuses to bow to intimidation”.

Yesterday it listed a number of individuals whom it declares, without any evidence, “would permit the Inverbrackie refugee processing centre to come into being”. “People in the Adelaide Hills need to be fully aware who stands in the people’s cause and who stands against (for whatever reason) the interest of the Australian People,” the site goes on to declare.

The website, which was hastily set up using free blogging site Blogspot in late October, goes further than the pamphlet.

“The dark terror that will be waged by Moslem extremists, Tamil Tiger guerrillas, Afghan drug criminals, African animists and so on is but a matter of time. It sums to culture busting (the process by which Australian community feeling and identity is broken down) and is also a type of state-terrorism against the Australian population — ethnic cleansing!

“Resistance must become permanent, regardless of what the government does.”

The site promises that refugees would be returned “by force if necessary”.

Controversy has surrounded the Inverbrackie facility since its announcement in October by the Prime Minister and new Immigration Minister Chris Bowen, principally around the lack of consultation with locals. Local MP Jamie Briggs has repeatedly criticised the government for the lack of discussions with the local community prior to the announcement of the facility.

The Australia First website makes a point of berating both major parties rather than just the Government, and bizarrely attacks Briggs for “deceiving the people of the Hills.”

“So much for the Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott election-period spin on deterring ‘asylum seekers’. Stop the boats? No: fly them in! Disused army facilities will be turned over to the parasites.”

The controversy has taken on more sinister overtones in recent days with local businessman David Prince complaining to the media about the threat posed to property, children and “wives” by detainees and the siting of the facility near an Army camp. “The mind just boggles to think what’s in that Army camp that the refugees would love to know about. It’s just a disgrace,” Prince is reported as saying.

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99 thoughts on “Named and shamed

  1. Jim Reiher

    There are some really ignorant people in this country.
    Then there are the frightened and easily manipulated.
    Then there are the racists who exploit ignorance and fear.

    wow… what a bunch of horrible people! I would much rather have for my neighbour, an Afghani farming family that has fled war to start a new life in a multicultural free and democratic country, than the nasty folk behind this attack! Put me on the list of people who are pro-asylum seekers!

    Even as I write in horror about such unpleasant and selfish Australians, I am reminded that one of the great challanges of democracy is to tolerate the intolerant. The best way to fight people and ideas like this is by education, discussion and open and honest dialogue and debate. The extremists who are most vocal in their racism wont be convinced, (to much pride attached to their stated position) – but the ignorant and fearful can be won over….

  2. Stevo the Working Twistie

    Tea Party, anyone? I’ll have mine white – of course! But Australia is not a racist country, oh no. Some of my best friends are cashed-up Tamil culture busters.

  3. Bogdanovist

    Had a quick look at the AFP party website. It looks at though ‘Far Right Party’ does not correctly describe them as suggested in the article. They appear to be protectionist and agrarian socialist to go with their anti-immigration anti-multiculturalism stance. Pretty much like Hanonism and some extremes of the National party, but not ‘Right Wing’.

  4. Holden Back

    And these people would be offended if you suggested they didn’t know what they were talking about.

    Briggs is contemptible.

  5. shepherdmarilyn

    Briggs is a contemptible toad, so is Abbott and so is Morrison. Bob Menzies would be spinning in his grave.

    Saleem is not even Australian himself and the downward envy of people who have been bombed out of their homes is repugnant.

    There is really not much resistance to the centre so long as people are not treated like criminals like they are now.

    It beggars bloody belief that 400 white tourists would be greeted with open arms, yet 400 people blasted out of their homes and countries with no choice of their own can be abused by these freaks and lying morons.

  6. shepherdmarilyn

    And Prince does not have a business in the hills area that I can find, he has been an agitator for One Nation for years.

  7. Jim Reiher

    The ignorance over asylum seekers is tragic. Consider the insanity of locking up boat arrivals who seek asylum and yet allowing place arrivals who seek asylum to live in the broader community. And the stats: over 90% (as much as 95%) of applications for asylum come from plane arrivals. So a tiny, tiny handful of asylum seekers get put in detention. Why? Because they came on a boat not a plane.

    And yet… the stats again: nearly every single person who applies as a boat arrival will in fact be accepted here. And only 45% of those who arrive by plane are accepted. The “not really asylum seekers” are not the boat arrivals. They are half the plane arrival applicants – who get to live in the community while their applications are assessed.

    So we lock up the real asylum seekers, and we allow to roam around, the ones who are 50:50 maybe real maybe not.


    ALL applicants for asylum (boat and plane arrivals) should be checked for health and security reasons and then allowed to live in the community. The checks should be able to be done in 2 to 3 months, like most advanced civilized countries of the world do. But we lock up a tiny % of them, and then we end up accepting those ones (about 95% of them in fact) after a year or more in detention (it could be 3-5 years during the Howard years).

    Here’s a thought: if we don’t want boat arrivals from war torn countries, lets try to keep peace in the world. Helping to start the war in Afghanistan might have had all sorts of motives (some good some not so good) but once it started … did no one THINK that it would lead to dislocated civilians fleeing? Wake up and smell the roses: if you help start wars in your own region, you will get asylum seekers fleeing from the war! It is not rocket science.

  8. Liz45

    I don’t know whether to scream or cry? If I have to watch that Morrison one more time???

    Where did these so-called Aussies come from? Are they indigenous? They should be the ones worrying about losing their identity/culture etc. It would be funny if not for the fact, that it’s horrific and cruel.

    If the people who arrive by boat are not fair dinkum, how about these hateful people going there to check it out for themselves? Perhaps Gillard and Abbott etc would take them for a little holiday to Afghanistan? If these countries are so damned safe, why are there troops there? Basking in the sun?

    Damned if I know why this bs is allowed to continue! It’s exhausting having to repeat the facts, over and over!!

  9. Gavin Moodie

    According to Wikipedia the head of the Australia First Party is Jim Saleam, a stalwart of the Australian far right who was convicted of organising a shotgun attack on the home of a local representative of the African National Congress in the late 1980s.

  10. Jenny Haines

    What a bunch of dills in them there Adelaide Hills!! Makes me think of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Where are the Atticus’s when we need them?

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