Controversial nationalist and far-right figurehead Dr Jim Saleam is the latest candidate to step forwards ahead of November’s upcoming Cootamundra electoral by-election.
Although Dr Saleam’s Australia First Party is not registered to contest State elections in New South Wales, the party will support its National President’s candidacy for the state seat.
Speaking on Friday, August 25, Dr Saleam asked voters to align with him and fight the “destruction of our way of life for our people”.
“I am not the candidate of a mainstream party, nor do I abide their rules,” he said.
In a statement, Dr Saleam outlined nine key aims of his campaign, six of which touched upon notions of perceived Chinese economic intrusion in the Riverina region.
I am not here to play vote catcher but rather to ask people to cast the informed protest vote.
The Australia First Party leader concluded with a call to arms, stating the majority of problems in the Riverina could be linked to ‘new colonisation’, an inference to Chinese migration in the region.
“I want an ideological revolution in (the) Riverina,” Dr Saleam said.
“I think it is time the voters here made a point – that they know what is going on with the new colonisation, they don’t like it, and they are going to stand up and say no.
“The behind-the-scenes operators, the take-down of our heritage, the destruction of our towns, (and) the big projects tells this truth.”