Australians Against Further Immigration

Australians Against Further Immigration (AAFI) was an Australian far-right political party founded by radiologist Dr. Rodney Spencer and his wife Robyn, the parents of actor Jesse Spencer. The party described itself as "eco-nationalist",[1] was opposed to mass immigration and aimed for zero net migration.[2] The party was founded in 1989, registered in 1990, and ceased to exist in 2008.[3]

Australians Against Further Immigration
FounderDr. Rodney Spencer
Robyn Spencer
Founded1989
Dissolved2008
IdeologyAustralian nationalism
Right-wing populism
Anti-immigration
Political positionFar-right

AAFI stood candidates at both state and federal level, but never won a seat. The party said it was a mainstream organisation, and sought to distance itself from extremist organisations such as the Australian League of Rights and from the Citizens Electoral Council.[3] In 1994, Franca Arena, then a Labor member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, denounced the party in the New South Wales parliament.

In by-elections in Mackellar and Warringah (safe Liberal seats on the Northern Beaches of Sydney) in 1994, Labor MP Graeme Campbell urged electors to vote for Australians Against Further Immigration (AAFI).[4]

The party was deregistered by the Australian Electoral Commission in December 2005, as lacking the minimum 500 members required to be registered as a political party.[5] It contested the 2007 New South Wales state election, but was also deregistered at the state level not long after.[6]

Federal parliament edit

House of Representatives
Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
1993 3,587 0.03(#13/15)
0 / 150
  0
1996 73,023 0.67(#6/18)
0 / 150
  0
2001 12,033 0.10 (#11/20)
0 / 150
  0
Senate
Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
# of
overall seats
+/–
1990 19,439 0.20(#12/17)
0 / 40
0 / 76
  0
1993 46,464 0.44(#9/19)
0 / 40
0 / 76
  0
1996 137,604 1.26(#6/22)
0 / 40
0 / 76
  0
2001 21,012 0.18(#18/29)
0 / 40
0 / 76
  0
2004 11,508 0.10 (#23/30)
0 / 40
0 / 76
  0

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Anti-immigrants with a green tinge". The Sydney Morning Herald. 21 March 2003. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Document – 'Manifesto', Australians Against Further Immigration, circa 1990". Museums Victoria Collections.
  3. ^ a b Lyle Allan (1994), 'Immigration and the Werriwa By-Election,' in People and Place, Vol.2, No.1, p.55
  4. ^ James Jupp (2002). From white Australia to Woomera: the story of Australian immigration. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-521-53140-5.
  5. ^ "Media Release 2006: Deregistration of Australians Against Further Immigration". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  6. ^ fightdemback.org Archived April 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine