AFP, Jan. 30, 2003
PERTH, Australia (AFP) – Australia’s most notorious white supremacist, jailed for a violent anti-Asian campaign in the late 1980s, has announced plans to stand for the federal parliament, it was reported here Wednesday.
Unrepentant neo-Nazi Jack van Tongeren, who sports a moustache in the style of his hero Adolf Hitler, said he believed running a political campaign was an effective way to get his message across.
“I won’t beat around the bush, running an election campaign is a very good way of broadcasting far and wide your views to the Australian people,” he told commercial television here.
Van Tongeren was released in September after serving 12 years in a Perth jail over his anti-Asian campaign, which included firebombing five Perth Asian restaurants.
He now intends to represent a group calling itself the Australian Nationalist Workers Movement in his campaign for a Senate position.
Although ineligible to stand for Western Australia’s state parliament because of his criminal record, van Tongeren is eligible to run for the Senate because he had served his time.
“We’ll get voted in, quite a number of us,” said the Vietnam veteran, who appeared in an interview wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan “Australian and proud of it” and a khaki bucket-style hat.
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