Saleam at a nationalism rally, 2013
|Chairman of the Australia First Party|
|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|
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|
18 September 1955
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Political party||Australia First|
(m. 1987; div. 1994)
|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|
James Saleam (//; born 18 September 1955) is an Australian far-right extremist and the current chairman of the Australia First Party. Saleam has been observed wearing a swastika armband and associating with neo-Nazi skinheads. Saleam has been described as a white nationalist, who has been a strong advocate of barring further immigration to preserve a "predominantly white nation resistant to... watering-down of its culture".
Saleam was a member of the short-lived National Socialist Party of Australia as a teenager during the 1970s. In 1975, "much to his later chagrin", he was photographed in full Nazi uniform at a meeting. On Anzac Day 1982, he co-founded National Action (NA), which eventually collapsed due to Saleam's convictions for property offences and fraud in 1984 and for organising a shotgun attack in 1989 on African National Congress Australian representative Eddie Funde, for which he served three years in prison.
After 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.
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.
Australia First Party
Saleam was the Secretary of the Sydney branch of the Australia First Party (AFP) between 2002 and 2007, when he became its chairman, and sought to reestablish the party. In July 2009, he announced that it had reached its target of 500 members and was registering the New South Wales branch party with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) and was reregistered on 13 June 2010, in time to contest the 2010 federal election.
On 14 July 2015, the AEC deregistered the AFP due to its failure to demonstrate the required number of members. It was reregistered on 1 March 2016 as "Australia First Party (NSW) Incorporated".
Saleam stood at the 2016 federal election in the seat of Lindsay and received 1068 votes or 1.2% of the vote. He stood for AFP in the 2018 Longman by-election, receiving 709 votes or 0.8% of the vote.
Saleam stood in the seat of Cootamundra, New South Wales, in the 2017 by-election as an independent, though still a member of Australia First, as the party is not registered for state elections. He received 453 votes, 1% of the total. He again stood in the seat at the 2019 New South Wales state election as an independent, receiving 0.95% of the vote. Saleam's platform included the reintroduction of the White Australia policy and opposition to Chinese immigration.
Saleam married Jane Mengler in 1987. They had two children and divorced in 1994.
Federal Parliament elections
|Palmer United||Matthew Palise||3,765||4.08||+4.08|
|Christian Democrats||Beth Smith||1,981||2.15||+0.23|
|Australia First||Jim Saleam||617||0.67||+0.67|
|Total formal votes||92,299||94.08||−0.11|
|Christian Democrats||Warren Wormald||2,701||3.03||+0.24|
|Liberty Alliance||Stephen Roddick||2,110||2.36||+2.36|
|Family First||Linda La Brooy||1,513||1.69||+1.69|
|Animal Justice||Deborah Blundell||1,454||1.63||+1.63|
|Australia First||Jim Saleam||1,068||1.20||+0.50|
|Total formal votes||89,276||88.23||−3.56|
|Labor gain from Liberal||Swing||+4.10|
|Liberal National||Trevor Ruthenberg||26,170||29.61||−9.40|
|One Nation||Matthew Stephen||14,061||15.91||+6.50|
|Liberal Democrats||Lloyd Russell||1,762||1.99||+1.99|
|Democratic Labour||Gregory Bell||1,043||1.18||+1.18|
|Australia First||Jim Saleam||709||0.80||+0.80|
|People's Party||John Reece||420||0.48||+0.48|
|Total formal votes||88,368||93.93||+2.46|
|Liberal National||Trevor Ruthenberg||40,252||45.55||−3.66|
|United Australia||Christopher Buttel||2,831||2.91||+2.91|
|Conservative National||Brandon Lees||2,374||2.44||+2.44|
|Christian Democrats||Mark Moody-Basedow||1,997||2.05||−0.98|
|Australia First||Jim Saleam||1,372||1.41||+0.21|
|Sustainable Australia||Geoff Brown||1,326||1.36||+1.36|
|Total formal votes||97,403||88.92||+0.69|
|Liberal gain from Labor||Swing||+6.15|
state Parliament elections
|Shooters, Fishers and Farmers||Matthew Stadtmiller||10,621||23.3||+23.3|
|Christian Democrats||Philip Langfield||1,273||2.8||+0.5|
|Total formal votes||45,608||97.7||+0.4|
- Australia First Party
- National Socialist Party of Australia
- Reclaim Australia
- Romper Stomper
- True Blue Crew
- United Patriots Front
- "Good Weekend and Dr James Saleam". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 August 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
- Petrinic, Isabell (2 June 2016). "Lindsay: Scramble over minor and independent preferences". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
- Burke, Kelly (6 September 2012). "Mystery over Australia First's manifesto man". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
- Fellner, Carrie. "Right wing extremist makes election bid in sleepy NSW 'cherry capital'". Sydeny Morning Herald. Nine. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
- 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:
- Packham, Ben (17 July 2018). "Neo-Nazi vote scores a boost from GetUp!". The Australian. The Australian. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
- Clift, Tom (12 July 2018). "One Nation Will Preference A Former Neo-Nazi Ahead of Labor in Upcoming Byelection". Junkee. Junkee. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
- Greason, David (1994), I was a teenage fascist, pp.283,284,289, McPhee Gribble
- West, Andrew (29 February 2004). "No Apology For White Australia Policy". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- For historic photos of Saleam in Nazi Attire:
- West, Andrew (29 February 2004). "White separatist takes on Marrickville". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- Moore, Andrew (1995). The Right Road?: A History of Right-Wing Politics in Australia. Oxford University Press. p. 121. ISBN 019553512X.
- African National Congress diplomat Eddie Funde made a powerful contribution
- "The Gundagai Independent" newspaper, Tuesday, 19 March 2019, page 1. Greason, David (1994), I was a teenage fascist, pp.283,284,289, McPhee Gribble
- Gibson, Jano; Frew, Wendy (12 January 2008). "No apology for white Australia policy". 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.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "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. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- Registration and deregistration details:
- "Australia First Party (NSW) Incorporated". Australian Electoral Commission. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
- "Deregistered/renamed political parties". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
- "Party Formation". Australia First Party. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
- Jensen, Erik (9 July 2009). "Right-wing genie out of the bottle". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
- AEC redirection page – Australian Electoral Commission
- Electoral results:
- 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.
- 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 29 July 2018.
- Grey, Lachlan (27 August 2017). "Australia First leader Jim Saleam to contest Cootamundra by-election in November". Cootamundra Herald. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
- Right wing extremist makes election bid in sleepy NSW 'cherry capital'
- 2013 results for Cook, AEC.
- Lindsay, NSW, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.
- 2018 Longman by-election results: AEC
- 2018 Longman by-election results: ABC
- Lindsay, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.
- "First Preference Votes Report Parliamentary Election: Cootamundra". NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
- "State Electoral District of Cootamundra: Distribution of Preferences". NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
- Australian Nationalist Ideological, Historical and Legal Archive maintained by James Saleam
- Historic photo's of Saleam and other members of the National Socialist Party of Australia News article featuring several historic photographs of Saleam wearing Nazi attire including a swastika arm band.