Contemporary Right Wing Extremism in Australia

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Right-wing extremist (RWE) ideology has been present in Australian political and social life for decades but it rarely resulted in political violence. In recent years, the ideas that animate the extreme right have garnered more support and threatened community cohesion in democratic societies. This threat escalated on 15 March 2019, when Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant live-streamed his lone-actor terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 51 people.1 This was the first mass-casualty terrorist attack by an Australian right-wing terrorist, and it highlights the ongoing development and challenges posed by the transnational extreme-right milieu.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationAustralian Strategic Policy Institute. Special Report
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2020


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