Confederate Action Party of Australia
The Confederate Action Party of Australia (CAP) was an Australian far right political party which first appeared in the 1992 Queensland state election. Its 12 candidates polled an average of 10.13% in the seats they contested. Overall, CAP achieved 1.4% of the statewide vote and did not win any seats. The party was registered on 10 September 1992 with the Australian Electoral Commission and contested the 1993 Australian federal election in a number of states. It was deregistered on 29 July 1993. and collapsed in August 1993 amid allegations of financial impropriety, vote rigging, infighting and fraud.
Tony Pitt, one of the party’s candidates, became the secretary of One Nation’s Maryborough branch. Another CAP candidate, Bruce Whiteside, founded the Pauline Hanson Support Movement in 1996, which was used by Hanson to establish One Nation in April 1997. Santo Ferraro, the CAP’s candidate in the 1993 federal election, then stood in a number of elections for One Nation.
The party was often accused of extremism and racism. It advocated the return of the death penalty, denial of all applications for political asylum, and the reintroduction of the use of convict labour. The party sometimes used the slogan "We are One Australia – One Nation".
At the 1992 Queensland election, its policies were far more radical than One Nation’s. It called for the reintroduction of the death penalty, the cancellation of refugee programs, and the use of convict labor for road and rail building.
In 1991 Pitt had circulated a letter to far-right extremists which claimed that Australia was about to be deliberately destroyed. "The ALP is going to spring an early election," he wrote. "The coalition is going to deliberately throw the fight so their ALP cohorts can maintain progress on the plan the upper levels of the Libs and the ALP have in mind for us." Pitt attached a list of "organisations who will help to save us", which included the League of Rights, Australians Against Further Immigration, the AUSI Freedom Scouts, the Libyan backed and funded Australian Peoples’ Conference, the Citizens Electoral Councils, and the Queensland Immigration Control Association, a division of the National Front of Australia. An updated version of this contact list - now including the neo-Nazi group National Action - is found on Pitt’s website.
Pitt has also advocated the use of biological and atomic weapons against Asians, and in March 1993 told SBS TV’s Dateline program that he would put politicians on trial, after purging judges and police - "a filthy corrupt mob". His most recent claim is that the Port Arthur gunman, Martin Bryant, was drugged and set up by anti-gun lobbyists to kill his 35 victims.
- Grearson, David & Kapel, Michael (1998). "Pauline's Lunatic Fringe", in the Australia/Israel Review
- "The Confederate Action Party of Australia". Australian Electoral Commission. 6 January 2011.
The Confederate Action Party of Australia was registered on 10 September 1992 and deregistered on 29 July 1993.
- Gympie Times, 26 February 2012, Santo Ferraro
- Markus, Andrew (2001). Race: John Howard and the Remaking of Australia. Allen & Unwin. p. 132. ISBN 1-86448-866-2.