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Guns, terrorists and a rural idyll: What you need to know about our neo-Nazi infiltration

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.

Image from the National Socialist Network from the Grampians camping trip.Credit:

  • 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.

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