My article in The Guardian on the history of the Australian far right

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Just a quick note that I have reached the bourgeois elite now. The Guardian Australia website has published a short piece by myself on the history of the far right in Australia since the 1960s. The argument of the piece is that the far right has swung between electoralism and ‘direct action’ at different points in its history. You can read the piece here.


  1. The people in your list in your article are mostly a bunch of cranks that few have ever heard of.

    The exception is Pauline Hanson who ran as a token Liberal party candidate but managed to win the safest Labour Party seat in Queensland in the 1996 House of Representatives election.

    That means many of her votes came from Labour voters. By definition those voters cannot be classified as far right as they are not even on the right, much less far from the median voter.

    Jackie Lambie, who makes Pauline Hanson look sophisticated on just about everything, in addition to be strong protectionists views, believes that aboriginals should be recognised in the Australian Constitution. Again, that is not a far right position. Please explain.

  2. While Hanson’s voters might not identify as far right, her policies could definitely be defined as far right. But the article was really about how the hardline far right has tried to tack onto Hanson’s electoral vehicle at different points, but have also quickly abandoned it as well.

    • What do you define as far right? Just because you disagree with them strongly does not make them anything more than a noisy centralist. For example, Ted Cruz attacked Donald Trump from the right for not being a genuine conservative and in many ways a blue dog Democrat.

      The National front in France does not like foreigners but they do not particularly like the market economy either. They are also very strong in defending the welfare state.

      Donald Trump is all for Social Security and Medicare but not welfare dependency. Few if any of the so-called far right parties oppose the welfare state or the sanctity of old-age pensions.

      The right-wing populist to camp firmly over the centre of the traditional labour voter are not in any way radical on privatisation, deregulation action, free trade or any of the other things that lead people to be defamed as far right libertarians.

      UKIP voters are slightly to the left of liberal Democrats on most issues but people try to label them as far right despite coming 2nd 40 labour seats

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