Party For Freedom (Australia)
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The Party For Freedom (PFF) is an Orwellian-named minor Australian far right wing political party "dedicated to building a patriotic conservative alternative to the major treasonous parties". The party gained attention in 2015 following its presence at the Reclaim Australia rallies held in April and July. The PFF is led by Nick Folkes.
Wingnut policies and activities
The Party For Freedom's policies are centred around 'restoring' Australian "tradition and values", and combating what it believes to be a "globalist agenda" that Australian mainstream politicians are helping to facilitate in accordance to the United Nations.
In 2016, Nick Folkes announced he was contesting the NSW senate in the upcoming election. This "campaign" fell off the rails in the final hour, with Folkes claiming that he "did not feel ready" to enter parliament.
The PFF has also promoted the slogan of "White Lives Matter", in response to the Black Lives Matter campaign, and even "Straight Lives Matter", in response to what they deem to be the gay agenda. The Party For Freedom's members mainly identify as Christian and see Australia's Christian community as oblivious to the upcoming "Islamic takeover" of the country. In August 2016, Nick Folkes and other PFF members stormed a left-wing church in Gosford, New South Wales, while impersonating Muslims, and accused the church's priest of "promoting" radical Islam.
The party is strongly anti-immigration, and views multiculturalism as a form of genocide. One of the party's key policies is to stop Muslim and Third World immigration to the country, deeming both to be national threats. The PFF's anti-Islamic stance is probably its most vocal viewpoint, and they regularly hold public demonstrations condemning the ideology, while Nick Folkes ironically dresses in Islamic attire during such protests. As a result, the PFF holds no sympathy towards asylum seekers, referring to them as "bottom feeders" and "rapefugees". They often hold counterprotests to left-wing actions condemning the Australian government for their treatment of asylum seekers. Left-wing activists have continued to denounce the PFF as being racist. Nick Folkes denies that he is racist, and considers himself to be a "race realist".
The PFF claim to support "small government" and oppose government-initiated action on climate change, such as carbon taxes. They are also strong advocates of protectionism. While the PFF claim to be proponents of "small government", some of their policies would certainly require strong government intervention, such as their view on strengthening the borders and preventing foreign nationals from owning Australian real estate. The PFF organised rallies in Sydney in 2015 condemning the increase of wealthy Chinese nationals buying property in the country, claiming that they are phasing Australian families out of being able to purchase property. At these events, they were met by left-wing counterprotesters, who rightfully accused Folkes and the party of racism and ignorance. Conversely, the PFF is on friendly terms with Falun Gong, a right-wing Chinese dissident religious group.
The Party For Freedom is also strongly anti-leftist and has accused the left of committing treason and of supporting radical Islam. They regard leftists as useful idiots serving the interests of the global elite. They clearly are incapable of grasping the fact that supporting an alienated sector of the community is very different from supporting an extreme variation of the ideology of such a community.
Some within the Party also adhere to conspiracy theories, such as New World Order conspiracies and the notion of global warming as a hoax used to usher in a one-world government and population reduction. The PFF's opposition to Islam is to some degree rooted in this narrative. They believe that the "global elite" is facilitating Islamic immigration to western nations to create culture clashes and mass violence. Therefore a one-world government can be seen as the only viable solution.
The Party For Freedom announced in September 2015 that they would be holding a rally in Cronulla, Sydney, on December 12 to serve as a 10th Anniversary commemoration of the race riot which took place in 2005, despite the wishes of the local council and residents. The rally was eventually banned by the Supreme Court, and instead, the Party For Freedom held an anti-Islamic barbecue on December 12th, which attracted an antifascist contingent of counter-protesters.
At a rally in 2016, PFF members held banners arguing for the euthanasia of white left-wing activists. The party held a protest demanding the deportation of Muslims and Africans in western Sydney, while flying Confederate flags. The PFF has also argued that African people "contribute nothing" to civilisation and that they have "no culture".
The usual Party For Freedom protests take place on street corners. These consist of Folkes dressed as a Muslim cleric, a few of his comrades dressed as Spartan warriors and others in everyday attire. Australian and Israeli flags (the PFF are firmly in favour of the state of Israel) and large placards with slogans such as "Antifa is worse than Ebola" and "Multiculturalism = Genocide" are their choice of public display.
During an interview in 2019, Nick Folkes stated that he had quit political activism and that the Party For Freedom had since been wound up.