"Rightwing extremism poses a “creeping threat” to liberal democracy in
Australia, according to a new study that investigates how extremists are
using online networks to spread radical narratives.
The study – which focuses mainly on New South Wales because it was
funded by the state government – identified networks involving mostly
male and under-35 users who were attracted to “the theme of white
identity under threat”.
It noted the influence of American populist politics – including
Trumpism – in rightwing extremist discussions in Australia.
Researchers from Macquarie and Victoria universities said rightwing
extremists were “very good at appropriating the language of conservative
political opinion” and called on Australian politicians to ensure “our
system of politics is protected from these very insidious and ongoing
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