Guns, terrorists and a rural idyll: What you need to know about our neo-Nazi infiltration
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For months, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes had an infiltrator inside Australia’s largest neo-Nazi group, the National Socialist Network, filming and recording. This is what he found.
- The Network’s leader was recorded comparing Christchurch terrorist Brenton Tarrant to Nelson Mandela and told his followers Tarrant will stay in jail “until we win the revolution” – a reference to the race war or societal collapse the group trains for.
- The Network’s leadership cell secretly supports a NSW terror suspect facing charges for planning a mass casualty attack, and has offered to pay the man’s bail.
- The Network is liaising with outlaw bikie gang associates, a prison skinhead gang and members of international neo-Nazi terror groups.
- Network members are told to hang onto their guns and are looking to buy a rural property in Victoria or South Australia to use as a base for their planned new society.
- We have unmasked and published the identities of key Network members, a diverse group, including ex-military, a Crown Casino security manager, a Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member, a piano teacher, disability workers, government agency employees
- Covert recordings capture neo-Nazis telling their followers to destroy evidence that links them with extremism to thwart counter-terror police.
- ASIO Director General Mike Burgess has also warned that Australians as young as 16 are being radicalised to support a white power race war, a phenomenon fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Half of ASIO’s priority domestic counter-terrorism cases now involve neo-Nazi cells and other ideologically motivated groups.
Nick McKenzie is an Age investigative journalist who has twice been named the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year. A winner of 10 Walkley Awards, he investigates politics, business, foreign affairs, human rights and criminal justice.
Joel Tozer is a Walkley award winning journalist and TV producer. He has covered major stories around the world and has a particular interest in politics and international affairs.