Australian far-right extremists
Neil Erikson and Blair Cottrell on St Kilda foreshore at the January 5 rally. (Image: AAP/David Crosling)

Early last year, Crikey began a series of pocket guides to the far-right in Australia. Unfortunately recent events including a January 5 rally in St Kilda -- where more than 150 people, including some who performed Nazi salutes and carried SS helmets, expressed racist rhetoric against Africans -- have rendered the series depressingly out of date.

Now, with the help of some of Australia's preeminent fascist-watchers, we have honed in on groups affiliated with the rally in St Kilda to find out who they are, where they've come from and where they might be going. 

Squadron 88

The now defunct Squadron 88's biggest claim to fame was a 2014 series of leaflet campaigns, spreading racist propaganda through the mailboxes of Sydney. The small "white pride" group targeted “non-white migrants” and Jews. It was chiefly organised by Mark McDonald, who is now the co-organiser of the Sydney branch of the Lads Society (see below) with Alex Annenkov. McDonald and another former member, Ross "the Skull" May, were for a time allied with perpetual far-right candidate and convicted criminal Jim Saleam but have since fallen out.