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National Front of Australia

The National Front of Australia (NFA) was an Australia nationalist and anti-immigrant organisation that existed from 1977 to 1984. It was an initiative of John Tyndall of the British National Front but received no funding from the British NF.[1] It has recently been revived by the New Zealand National Front.

Original organisation

The NFA was established originally in 1977 as a sister organisation of the British National Front; sister organisations were also formed in New Zealand and South Africa at the same time.

It did not become fully operative until 1978.[2] It followed Tyndall's British imperial view and called for a “regenerated British Australia”. Like the sister organisations it sought to align itself with other right-wing and racist groups, however its British Australia nationalism and anti-immigrant stance separated it from the more Europeanist/Americanist 'white race' neo-Nazi far-right that was emerging in Australia, many of whose members were themselves immigrants rather than of British origin.

The first party Chairman was Rosemary Sisson. Branches were formed in Victoria, with Sisson's as branch secretary; in Queensland, with Victor Robb as branch secretary, and in New South Wales with neo-nazi Robert Cameron as branch secretary. Divisions emerged between the Victoria and New South Wales branch.[3] Cameron was later joined by fellow neo-nazi Ross "the skull" May during the 80's.

Victor Robb was the party's first electoral candidate in 1978. He "campaigned at the time on a platform of making Australia racially pure"[4]

Sisson's and Robb stood for the party in the 1980 Queensland federal elections.

Cameron was believed to be an "informer-provocateur" and his presence discredited the party as a 'respectable' right-wing party. The party ceased in 1984.[5]

From June 1978 the party published a magazine called Frontline, in collaboration with the National Front of New Zealand. After the demise of the party the magazine continued to March 1987 in support of a more general non-party "nationalist cause".

Current organisation

The NFA was revived in 2004 as a division of the New Zealand National Front.[6]

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