Australians Against Further Immigration Leaders: Were They Playing With The Neo-Nazis For Advantage?

May 2007


It was a matter back in the sad days of 1999 - 2002 when David Palmer and his neo-nazis occupied the book-room of the British Israel World Federation (BIWF) in York Street, Sydney. Palmer was after the sum of $500,000 left as a bequest to the Federation. This large sum of money, then tied up in probate, attracted the predatory interest of the neo-nazis, who were facilitated into the group in 1999 (it was a limited company) courtesy of a member with a game of his own. In 2000, the legitimate leadership of the Federation was summarily "expelled" by the Palmer clique, which then considered that the money was theirs for the taking.

So it was when the leaders of the group calling itself the Australians Against Further Immigration (AAFI) set out to sign up the neo-nazis as members. A remarkable meeting took place at the Federation office in late 2000. Madeleine Woodger, sister of AAFI leader Edwin Woodger, turned up in company with another member and issued membership forms to the dozen neo-nazis in attendance. They duly filled them in.

This episode would never have become known had it not been for the determined investigations carried out by the legitimate Federation leadership. But they found out more. It turned out that Madeleine and Edwin Woodger had joined the neo-nazis.

In an official membership list of the fake BIWF filed in the Supreme Court in 2002 during the court-battle over the organization, it was revealed that the Woodgers appeared on this roll. Receipts for fees had been issued and numbered for their membership.

Why did they join? It transpired that the relationship between the Woodgers and the neo-nazis goes well back in time. In 1993, Edwin Woodger in a secret meeting with nationalist activist Jim Saleam, asked him to vet his AAFI membership list. "Is there anyone there who shouldn't be?," he asked. On this list of some 220-odd persons, Saleam located the name Peter John Coleman. He warned Woodger at once that this man was Sydney's number two in neo-nazism alongside David Palmer, that he was almost certainly a Special Branch informant who had played a role in sending Jack van Tongeren to prison and who informed on all manner of patriotic groups. He told Woodger that "if Coleman was on your list, you could rest assured he is spying on you". Woodger said he would remove him.

However, Mr Woodger was telling tall tales. In a NSW Electoral Commission file released to Saleam in 1997 on the Australia First Party and its then-State registration, it was noticed that Woodger had protested its registration in certain terms. Surprise, surprise, that Saleam also located a letter signed by Peter Coleman saying that he had been wrongly recorded as a member of Australia First. Coleman said that he had conversed with an Australia First official somewhere, and it was totally wrong for him to have been on the membership roll. Of course, it would be our suggestion that Coleman placed himself there deliberately and with some purpose in mind. The writing style of Coleman's letter was clearly that of Mr. Woodger. Was it part of the Woodger plan to stop Australia First from being registered?

However, the relationship did not end there. In the 2003 NSW state election, AAFI ran Coleman as a candidate under the ruse of John Coleman. Why would they do that?

So if we go back in time to the year 2000 in the BIWF office, something was obviously being conjured up. We know that the Federation was due to receive a large, rambling house in the Blue Mountains as part of its inheritance. We know that Palmer and Coleman obtained an architect's report of the property, so as to establish it as a base for Coleman's militaria business and Palmer's political activities. The two idiots even discussed placing a flag pole at the front of the premises to fly the swastika in the Blue Mountains' breeze. So what did they want of the AAFI?

Palmer and Coleman were looking to upgrade their operation. If they copped the $500,000, neo-nazism in Australia would have been self-funded and the AAFI would have been a convenient electoral front for their activities. What could the AAFI leaders get out of the neo-nazis? Obviously, some access to the loot. Although by 2003, it was clear that the neo-nazis would not get the BIWF money, the relationship had continued.

It has always been the sole and over-riding objective of this so-called political party to elect a Woodger to the Upper House of the NSW Parliament. Because of the unusual electoral system, it was always an outside possibility. All they needed was a little extra cash.

Were the Woodgers neo-nazis? No. However, they reveal themselves as people who sought to play with fire, consumate opportunists. None of this was ever meant to be known by the AAFI rank and file, or by anybody else in the patriotic community. But facts are facts - and the truth is out there now.

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