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Far right targets small town Australia

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 01:54

Australia's far-right politicians target struggling towns to garner support ahead of next month's national election. Yiming Woo reports.

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After almost 20 years of political silence, Australia's far right is making itself heard again. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN LIBERTY ALLIANCE (ALA) SENATE CANDIDATE FOR NEW SOUTH WALES KIRRALIE SMITH, SAYING: "I believe that if you have had enough of political correctness, if you have had enough of left-wing socialist agendas dominating every industry in Australia, if you've had enough of over-paid, self-seeking, cookie-cut, machine manufactured politicians and if you've had enough of this Islamist agenda being shoved down your throat, I don't think you have any other choice but to vote one, Australian Liberty Alliance." Kirralie Smith is a mother of three and one of her party's most prominent candidates. She's speaking to supporters in Bathurst, a town in southeast Australia. She and other far-right politicians hoping to get elected on July 2nd have found support in struggling regional towns with higher unemployment and fewer immigrants. Analysts say One Nation Party leader Pauline Hanson is likely get a seat in parliament. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEADER OF ONE NATION PARTY, PAULINE HANSON, SAYING: "So what I'm saying is, pressure the government to say 'No more muslims in Australia, no more Muslim refugees in Australia, take a strong stance, protect our security, our safety on our streets and our people." The wider movement has waged campaigns against issues such as mosque-building. In recent months, rallies organised by anti-Muslim groups turned violent as they clashed with anti-racism protesters. But as the far-right agenda gathers steam, many of its supporters still don't want to be identified. One man has said he didn't want to speak on camera out of fear that he'd be put on an Islamic "hit list".

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Far right targets small town Australia

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 01:54