Counter-terrorism police warn far-right figures about ‘negative’ behaviour

“Victoria Police Counter Terrorism Command doesn’t discuss or provide commentary around who they meet or speak with in the course of conducting investigations or enquiries,” Assistant Commissioner Ross Guenther said.

The Australian Federal Police would also not comment on whether it had approached figures in Australia’s far-right community.

“The AFP does not confirm who it may or may not be investigating,” an Australian Federal Police spokesman said. “Police target criminals and criminal activity, not ideologies or backgrounds.”

Neil Erikson, considered by many to be the leader of Australia’s far-right movement, said the police were warning individuals for making “negative” comments online, and for contacting politicians by either telephone or email.

“Probably a dozen I know have been approached by the federal police or the [Counter Terrorism Command],” Mr Erikson said.

“They said be careful with what you do – one of my mates rang up the Greens and said something – and they said if you keep calling or emailing we’ll seek charges.”


Mr Erikson said another friend had emailed the office of the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ before being approached by the police, while others had made “concerning” comments on Facebook.

On Thursday, it was revealed by the ABC’s Background Briefing that far-right figures were preparing to perform stunts designed to attract media attention in order to advance Queensland senator Fraser Anning’s new Conservative National Party.

Proposed stunts included performing “blackface and other taboos” and “burning the Quran”.

Mr Erikson said police had not contacted him or Blair Cottrell, who is seen as another de facto leader of the far-right, since the March shooting.

Last month, Twitter followed Facebook’s lead and permanently banned both Mr Erikson and Mr Cottrell.


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