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Australian League of Rights
Extinction 1960
Type Social Credit
Nationalism
Anti-communism
Purpose/focus Political and cultural organisation
Location Australia
Key people Eric Butler

The Australian League of Rights is a minor far right political organisation in Australia founded by Eric Butler with its basis in the economic theory of Social Credit expounded by C. H. Douglas.[1] It describes itself as upholding the virtues of freedom. It is not a political party, but rather sees itself as a watchdog against government intervention.

The League was formed in 1960 by a merger of various Leagues of Rights based in the Australian states, the first of which was based in South Australia from 1946.

The League's founder Eric Butler died on June 9, 2006, at the age of 90.

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Political views

The League describes itself as being based on the principles of Christianity and is anti-communist. They argue in favour of capitalism by promoting the inviolability of private property and individual enterprise. They are promoters of Social Credit. They are monarchist and opposed to Australian republicanism and see strong relations with Great Britain as fundamental to Australian identity.

Anti-Semitism

The League has described the Holocaust as the "alleged Holocaust"[2] and the "Holocaust Hoax".[3] Its founder, Eric Butler was well known for his anti-Semitism and support of such documents as the Protocols of Zion.[4] The historian Andrew Markus wrote that "In the 1990s league publications were still promoting The Protocols, describing the Holocaust as a 'hoax', the invention of Zionist propagandists, identifying prominent Jewish individuals in public life and declaring that modern Christianity was 'little more than a form of Liberal Judaism'. The Jewish plot was also described using various code words, notably the 'one world conspiracy' hatched by 'international elites', international bureaucracies, international bankers, members of the Fabian society, or the United Nations."[5]

Connections to other groups

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Relations with One Nation, Australians Against Further Immigration, Australia First and National Action

Former Western Australian Labor MP, founder of the Australia First Party and later One Nation member Graeme Campbell was associated with the League at the same time as he was a member of One Nation and Australia First. Mr Campbell stated that "Australia First has no association with the League. It's me with the association."[6]

Former treasurer Peter Costello stated that One Nation's policy of a state bank which would issue low-interest loans was directly taken from the ALOR, and that "the League of Rights is driving its policy in relation to banking and money"[7]

The Australian branch of the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission issued a press release that "The Co-founder of Australians Against Further Immigration (AAFI), and One Nation’s Victorian leader Robyn Spencer has addressed numerous League of Rights meetings as well as delivered a speech with League of Rights, Advisory National Director Eric Butler."[8]

Relations with the National Party

In the 1970s and early 1980s, the League attempted to gain control of the National Party of Australia, encouraging members to join the party in sufficient numbers to take control, a tactic known as entryism. Doug Anthony led an effort to defend the Party from the League by recruiting people who would vote against them. After a long struggle over several years, the existing leadership prevailed. An ironic consequence of this struggle was that the National Party, which got far fewer votes than either the Labor or Liberal parties, had more members. This fact became much more widely known than the reason for it, with both sides keeping the struggle out of the media.

Relations with overseas groups

It has been associated with the now-defunct New Zealand League of Rights, the Canadian League of Rights and through the British League of Rights also the John Birch Society in the United States.[9]

The League was also involved in the former World Anti-Communist League.[10][11]

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