Saleam at a nationalism rally, 2013
18 September 1955
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Alma mater||University of Sydney|
Activist (primarily opposition to Immigration and multiculturalism)
|Political party||Australia First
(1975—80; 1998; 2007—10)
One Nation (1997—99)
National Socialist (until 1975)
|Criminal charge||Insurance fraud and property offences (1984)
Accessory before the fact (1991)
|Criminal penalty||2 years incarceration (1984)
3 years, 6 months incarceration (1991)
|Spouse(s)||Jane Mengler (div.)|
|Chairman of the Australia First Party in
New South Wales
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|
19 December 2002 – August 2007
|Preceded by||No immediate predecessor|
|Succeeded by||No immediate successor|
|Leader of the National Action Party|
25 April 1982 – 11 June 1997
|Preceded by||Party established|
|Succeeded by||Michael Brander|
|Deputy Leader of the
National Socialist Party of Australia
c. 1972 – 1975
Served with Ross May
|Preceded by||Frank Molnar|
|Succeeded by||Party dissolved|
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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. National Action eventually imploded due to Saleam's criminal actions which included property offences and fraud in 1984 and for organising a shotgun attack in 1989 on African National Congress representative Eddie Funde by two NA members. Saleam served jail terms for both crimes. He pleaded not guilty to both charges, claiming that he was set up by police. 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.
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.
In 2004 Saleam contested the NSW local government elections, and ran for Marrickville Council on an anti-refugee platform. In 2012 he ran for NSW local government election in the City of Blue Mountains. Saleam contested the 2013 federal election and ran in the seat of Cook on a platform to end to refugee intakes. He ran against Scott Morrison and gained 617 votes, or 0.67 per cent of the formal vote. In the 2016 federal election Saleam ran in the seat of Lindsay and received 1068 votes or 1.2% of the total vote.
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- Greason, David (1994), I was a teenage fascist, pp.283,284,289, McPhee Gribble
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- West, Andrew (29 February 2004). "White separatist takes on Marrickville". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- 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.
- "Local Council Elections – Australia First Party in Ward One". Katoomba Leura Online. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
- "Federal election candidates: Cook". St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
- "Cook, NSW". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- Murray, Oliver (26 April 2016). "Far-right-wing parties after your vote on election day". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
- Pollard, Krystyna (19 May 2016). "Controversial Saleam to stand for Australia First in Lindsay". Penrith City Gazette. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
- Australian Nationalist Ideological, Historical and Legal Archive maintained by James Saleam