Australia First Party

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The Australia First Party (AFP) is a nationalist political party in Australia. The party's policies are generally nationalist and anti-immigration/multiculturalism. [1] The AFP is not a registered political party with the Australian Electoral Commission, has no parliamentary representation and has not contested a federal election since 1998. The party is currently attempting to be re-registered.


The Australia First Party was founded in June 1996 by Graeme Campbell, who was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives for the seat of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, from 1980 until he was expelled from the party in November 1995. Campbell had become increasingly critical of the policies of the Labor government of Paul Keating, particularly in matters relating to economic deregulation, Aboriginal land rights and multiculturalism.

Campbell hoped to see the AFP became a serious political party, drawing on a current of populist opinion which rejected the policies of both the Labor Party and the opposition Liberal Party. The AFP however was overshadowed by the appearance in 1997 of Pauline Hanson's One Nation, a rival populist party led by an independent MP, Pauline Hanson.

  • Following Campbell's resignation in June 2001, Diane Teasdale became the national president of the Australia First Party, but at the national level the party had not been very active 2001-2004 (it did not contest the 2001 election).

In 2002, a new AFP branch was formed in Sydney. The party announced the formation of a new "nationalist youth organisation", the Patriotic Youth League. This body's website suggests that it is affiliated to the British National Party, a patriotic political group in the United Kingdom. The phraseology at the AFP website, such as "the politics of New World Order liberal-globalist-capitalism", also suggests that the party has been revived by people of a third positionist outlook, rather than hard conservatism of Campbell's leadership. The Secretary of the Sydney Branch is Dr. Jim Saleam.


According to their Murray Branch/National Office website, the Australia First Party has eight core policies:

  • Ensure Australia retains full independence.
  • Rebuild Australian manufacturing industries.
  • Control foreign ownership.
  • Reduce and limit immigration.
  • Abolish multiculturalism
  • Introduce Citizen's Initiated Referendums.
  • Strengthen the family
  • Strive to rebuild a united Australia.

Electoral performance

At the October 1998 federal election, Campbell lost his seat, polling only 22 percent of the vote in a seat he had represented for 18 years. The AFP failed to win significant support elsewhere, being heavily outvoted by One Nation. In June 2001, Campbell left the AFP in order to stand (unsuccessfully) as a One Nation senate candidate in Western Australia.

The AFP did not contest the 2001 election.

The AFP website says that the party fielded candidates in the 2004 local council elections in Sydney, Newcastle and Coffs Harbour. But the real extent of the AFP's organisation and membership is not known.

In November 2005, AFP president Diane Teasdale stood in the elections for the Shepparton Council Office and received 1373 first preference votes, representing 4.37% of valid votes cast[2].

In November 2006, Adelaide AFP representative Bruce Preece was elected as Councillor for the St John's Wood Ward of the City of Prospect.[3][4] Preece is the first AFP representative since Campbell to be elected into any level of Government.

Most recently, AFP representative John Moffat contested the Electorate of Cronulla in Sydney during the 2007 New South Wales elections as an independent and received 968 votes, representing 2.8% of valid votes cast.[1]


  • In January 2007 Australia First supporters distributed 2500 leaflets in Tamworth New South Wales claiming refugees spread crime and disease. This was in response to the council's decision to approve a refugee program that would resettle up to five Sudanese families in the area. The council had initially rejected the program. [9]

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