Jack van Tongeren

Jack Van Tongeren

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Jack van Tongeren (legal name Peter Joseph Van Tongeren) (born 1947) has been described as a white supremacist and extreme right wing Australian activist by the media. He was the leader of the neo-Nazi Australian Nationalist Movement (ANM). He served 13 years 1 month and 6 days in prison from 1989-2002 for arson, after firebombing businesses owned by Asians in Western Australia. He was tried in absentia.

"Jack" is a nickname acquired during his university days. It was during his university days onwards that he began to question the accepted views on history, economics, science, etc. He served in Vietnam as a corporal in a combat unit, B Company 2RAR/NZ (The ANZAC battalion) 1970-71.

1980s

Van Tongeren was initially a leading light in the Sydney based National Action (NA) neo-Nazi group in the early 1980s. Jack quit NA and went off to form his own organisation, due to his conviction that NA were being soft on Jews. He ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in the 1984 election on an independent ticket, attaining 1,077 votes (0.13%).

In publicity material produced in the 1980s Van Tongeren described Adolf Hitler as the "great one" and referred to himself as simply "leader". Throughout the 1980s the ANM scattered Western Australia with racist posters. The campaign of racial vilification turned uglier when the group began firebombing Asian restaurants and carried out burglaries to finance their operations. During this period, ANM member David Locke was...
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