Jim Saleam

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Jim Saleam
Jim Saleam Australian nationalist.png
Saleam at a nationalism rally, 2013
Chairman of the Australia First Party in
New South Wales
Assumed office
18 July 2010
Deputy Chairman Peter Schuback
Preceded by Office established;
Diane Teasdale (as President of the Federal Australia First Party)
General Secretary of the Australia First Party
In office
19 December 2002 – August 2007
President Diane Teasdale
Preceded by No immediate predecessor
Succeeded by No immediate successor
Leader of the National Action Party
In office
25 April 1982 – 11 June 1997
Deputy Ross May
Preceded by Party established
Succeeded by Michael Brander
Deputy Leader of the
National Socialist Party of Australia
In office
c. 1972 – 1975
Served with Ross May
Leader Ted Cawthron
Preceded by Frank Molnar
Succeeded by Party dissolved
Personal details
Born James Saleam
(1955-09-18) 18 September 1955 (age 63)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Political party Australia First
(2002—07; 2010—present)
Other political
Jane Mengler
(m. 1987; div. 1994)
Children 2
Residence Tempe, New South Wales, Australia
Alma mater University of Sydney
Known for Far-right activism, criminal convictions, neo-Nazism, founding National Action and Australia First Party [2]

James Saleam (/ˈsləm/[4]; born 18 September 1955) is an Australian far-right activist and the current chairman of the Australia First Party. Saleam is a convicted criminal and former neo-Nazi, in 1975 photographs were published of Saleam wearing a swastika armband and associating with neo-Nazi skinheads.[5]


Saleam co-founded National Action (NA) on Anzac Day, 1982, having been a member of the short-lived National Socialist Party of Australia as a teenager during the 1970s.[6] National Action eventually imploded due to Saleam's criminal actions which included property offences and fraud in 1984[7] and for organising a shotgun attack in 1989 on African National Congress representative Eddie Funde by two NA members.[8] Saleam served jail terms for both crimes.[3] He pleaded not guilty to both charges, claiming that he was set up by police.[8] This claim was rejected by the courts and Saleam maintained his innocence.

On his release from prison, Saleam was awarded a PhD in politics from the University of Sydney by writing a thesis entitled The Other Radicalism: An Inquiry Into Contemporary Australian Extreme Right Ideology, Politics And Organization 1975-1995.[9]

Saleam has acted as a mentor for the Patriotic Youth League and was the Secretary of the Sydney branch of the Australia First Party (AFP) between 2002 and 2007. In August 2007, he was expelled from the party by AFP president Diane Teasdale and later established Australia First (NSW) as a separate entity and incorporated the AFP NSW membership into the new party with himself as the party chairman. He is also the co-organiser along with Welf Herfurth, of the Sydney Forum, a right wing conference that is held annually in Sydney.[citation needed]

Saleam is divorced[1] with two children.[7]

Saleam is a white nationalist, and has been a strong advocate of barring further immigration to preserve a "predominantly white nation resistant to... watering-down of its culture".[8]

Political candidacy[edit]

In 2004 Saleam contested the NSW local government elections, and ran for Marrickville Council on an anti-refugee platform.[8] In 2012 he ran for NSW local government election in the City of Blue Mountains.[10] Saleam contested the 2013 federal election and ran in the seat of Cook on a platform to end to refugee intakes.[11] He ran against Scott Morrison and gained 617 votes, or 0.67 per cent of the formal vote.[12] In the 2016 federal election Saleam ran in the seat of Lindsay[13][14] and received 1068 votes or 1.2% of the total vote.[15] Saleam ran as a candidate in the Longman by-election, 2018 and received 684 votes or 0.8% of the vote.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Good Weekend and Dr James Saleam". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 August 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Petrinic, Isabell (2 June 2016). "Lindsay: Scramble over minor and independent preferences". The Daily Telegraph. he Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 July 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c Burke, Kelly (6 September 2012). "Mystery over Australia First's manifesto man". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  4. ^ slackbastard (26 September 2009). "Dr James Saleam & 'The Audacity of Hate'". slackbastard.anarchobase.com. Retrieved 20 February 2018. “It’s pronounced Saleam [Sail-’em],” he says, correcting me. “Saleam.” 
  5. ^ Several articles discuss Saleam's criminal convictions, contain photographs of Saleam wearing Nazi attire and describe Saleam as a neo-Nazi or former neo-Nazi: Petrinic, Isabell (2 June 2016). "Lindsay: Scramble over minor and independent preferences". The Daily Telegraph. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 July 2018. 
  6. ^ Greason, David (1994), I was a teenage fascist, pp.283,284,289, McPhee Gribble 
  7. ^ a b Gibson, Jano; Frew, Wendy (12 January 2008). "No apology for white Australia policy". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d West, Andrew (29 February 2004). "White separatist takes on Marrickville". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Saleam, James. The Other Radicalism: An Inquiry Into Contemporary Australian Extreme Right Ideology, Politics And Organization 1975-1995 (PhD). Fisher Library, University of Sydney. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Local Council Elections – Australia First Party in Ward One". Katoomba Leura Online. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Federal election candidates: Cook". St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Cook, NSW". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Murray, Oliver (26 April 2016). "Far-right-wing parties after your vote on election day". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  14. ^ Pollard, Krystyna (19 May 2016). "Controversial Saleam to stand for Australia First in Lindsay". Penrith City Gazette. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  16. ^ 26, scheme=AGLSTERMS.AglsAgent; corporateName=Australian Electoral Commission; address=50 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra, ACT 2600; contact=13 23. "House of Representatives division information". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2018-07-29. 

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