Antipodean Resistance Neo-Nazi group targets University of Tasmania in 'prank' campaign

Antipodean Resistance Neo-Nazi group targets University of Tasmania in 'prank' campaign

Antipodean Resistance Neo-Nazi group targets University of Tasmania in 'prank' campaign

Updated 25 September 2017, 15:20 AEST

An Australian white power group which describes itself as "the Hitler you've been waiting for" plasters stickers over signage at Tasmania's university in a night raid as part of an apparent national campaign to get its message out.

An Australian white power group which describes itself as "the Hitler you've been waiting for" has plastered stickers over signage at Tasmania's university as part of an apparent national campaign to get its message out.

The posters — featuring swastikas, an image of Adolf Hitler and homophobic slurs — were placed on signage at the University of Tasmania's Hobart campus and follow similar self-described "prank" activities in other cities.

Some of the materials make assertions about the suicide rates of gay and transgendered people. Another poster, featuring an image of a young Hitler wearing sunglasses, states "National Socialism or nothing!"

The photos of the stickers on the signs appear to have been taken at night and were posted on the Antipodean Resistance Twitter page.

Antipodean Resistance said it was a "youth organisation" which saw "this country for what it is: terminally ill".

"Our nation is weak and crumbling under the weight of progressive degeneracy. This cultural illness has robbed us of morality," the group said.

"It has made ruins of White achievement in the New World. But we don't have to die with this system. As long as our race exists and courage remains in the hearts of White Australians, we maintain the ability to reclaim our land - and we will."

On its website, Antipodean Resistance states its poster pranks are designed to "draw attention to how our universities are directly responsible for bringing over hundreds of thousands of foreign 'students' every year, many of whom have a direct route to a 'citizenship' at the end of their course".

"This is done so the universities can have money in their pockets, and the result of it is less jobs for Australian university graduates."

'Completely unacceptable', UTAS says

In a statement, a UTAS spokesperson said the "content of the material was appalling and that any staff or students distressed by the incident should access the institution's comprehensive support services".

"Our values commit us to a society which is just, diverse and inclusive," the spokesperson said.

"The content of these posters represents a set of views which are completely unacceptable as part of a civil community."

The Tasmania University Union (TUU) said it "condemns the anti-Semitic and homophobic attack perpetrated at the Domain campus of the University of Tasmania by white supremacist and Neo-Nazi group Antipodean Resistance".

TUU president Clark Cooley said universities around Australia had faced "similar attacks of vandalism this year by the same group who use racist and homophobic terms while displaying Nazi imagery".

"We stand against white supremacists and Neo-Nazi activities in our community, any such discrimination will not be tolerated.

"This is a deeply horrific message to be sending to the multicultural makeup of our university and the broader Tasmanian community."

Tasmania's anti-discrimination commissioner Sarah Bolt urged anyone with information about the action to come forward.

"These posters are appalling. Such material is unlawful under the Anti-Discrimination Act," she said in a statement.

"The more information I have, the better positioned I am to take action."

Eric Abetz condemns material 'in the strongest terms'

The sticker-plastering exercise at UTAS has been condemned by Tasmanian senator Eric Abetz, who issued a statement today branding the messages "disgusting".

"Posters that have appeared on the University of Tasmania campus from the Antipodean Resistance are disgusting and have no place in our political discourse," he said.

"I condemn the actions of this fringe-dwelling national socialist group in the strongest terms and am hopeful that any posters can be removed as quickly as possible to avoid any distress from those who may come across them."

The ABC has reported the group claims to have run radicalisation camps in Victoria, and on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

A website features photos of up to seven men giving the Nazi salute while holding a Nazi flag with their identities obscured with hat-wearing skull images digitally added to the photograph.

The group states it has "chapters now active in every state, you can now join from anywhere in Australia".

In July, the group claimed to have distributed Chinese language posters in Melbourne.

"This prank of ours really blew up. We got far more coverage than anything we've ever gotten before; if you include the Chinese media, it's probably more coverage than we've gotten from all of our previous activism put together," the group said.

"This was essentially a low-effort prank; it was just a handful of guys, some tape, 100 very simple posters, and a clever plan, and boy did we ruffle some feathers."

It said it wanted to "draw attention to the massive amount of Chinese [and by extension, other races] at our universities".

UTAS and the university's queer student group have been approached for comment about the "prank".