Liberal Senator Alex Antic Asks If ASIO Is Monitoring ‘Violent Trans Activism’

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05/25/2023

Over the past year, far-right groups and neo-Nazis have targeted the LGBTQI community and queer events, but South Australian Liberal Senator Alex Antic wanted to know about the rise of “radical transgender” activism in Australia. Antic has previously courted controversy for using the “grooming” slur against an ABC show featuring drag performer Courtney Act and for calling Ukraine’’ President ‘little fella’. On Tuesday at the Senate estimates, Antic wanted to know if the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation was concerned about what he called “violent trans activism” in the country. The Liberal Senator was given a reality check and got a response that he was not expecting. ASIO chief Mike Burgess was before the Senate Estimates to answer questions about the rise of neo-Nazis, and their attempts at recruiting new members. Burgess said that public demonstrations by neo-Nazis were aimed at attracting more members. In March 2023, Neo-Nazis attended a rally by British anti-trans campaigner Kellie-Jay Keen aka Posie Parker and performed the Nazi salute outside the Victorian Parliament. Neo-Nazis have also targeted drag performances in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs.

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