Australians Against Further Immigration
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|Australians Against Further Immigration|
|Founded||1989 by Dr. Rodney and Robyn Spencer|
|Politics of Australia
Australians Against Further Immigration (AAFI) was an Australian political party which described itself as "eco-nationalist" and was against positive net immigration. The party was founded in 1989 and registered in 1990 by Rodney and Robyn Spencer, the parents of actor Jesse Spencer. It ceased to exist in 2008.
According to AAFI:
"Australia's immigration policy is disastrous, proceeding as if there is no balance of payment problem, no foreign debt and no geographical or environmental constraints to population growth. Continued immigration will finally and irreversibly alter the natural and urban environment, economic viability and attitudes and culture of our nation.
The people have not been consulted on, or given their consent to, the interwoven policies of immigration and multiculturalism. It is now time for Australians to demand their democratic rights, reclaim their sovereignty and demand a say in the future of their nation.Australians Against Further Immigration want immigration drastically reduced to zero net. That is, our immigration numbers should merely replace those permanently leaving Australia each year – historically running between 20,000 and 30,000. And the policy of institutionalised, publicly funded multiculturalism should be scrapped."
AAFI regularly stood candidates at both state and federal level, but never won a seat. The party claimed to be a mainstream organisation, and sought to distance itself from extremist organisations such as the Australian League of Rights and from the Citizens Electoral Council, a far right body affiliated with the American extremist Lyndon LaRouche. However, AAFI was criticised by the far-left Green Left Weekly as being racist. In 1994, Franca Arena, the outspoken member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, denounced them in the New South Wales parliament, quoting an AAFI candidate who had said: "My policy on refugees and illegals is to reopen the second Yallah meatworks, creating up to 500 local jobs, and convert them to blood and bone".
The party was deregistered by the Australian Electoral Commission in December 2005, after failing to prove that it still met the minimum required members in order to be registered as a political party. It contested the 2007 New South Wales state election, but was deregistered at the state level not long after.
- Lyle Allan (1994), 'Immigration and the Werriwa By-Election,' in People and Place, Vol.2, No.1, p.55
- "Multicultural Australia". Green Left Weekly. 1994-02-16. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
- "Media Release 2006: Deregistration of Australians Against Further Immigration". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
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