To our next story now. Controversial group Australian Nationalists United rose to prominence last July after their
infamous public stunt that led them to a months-long court battle and the
eventual conviction of key members of the group. But with the announcement
today that ANU will run several candidates in the federal election this
year it seems they’re not going away anytime
soon. ANU president Wendell Regis joins us now via Skype. Mr. Regis, does
registering as a political party make your group any more relevant to ordinary
Australians? Well we are ordinary Australians. We are here to shake up the system and to give people something completely different. Sorry, are you different or you just like every ordinary Australian? Both. We’re both. And do immigrants fit into your definition of ordinary Australians? Look I have no trouble with people coming here from other countries, but when they’re here
they have to obey Australian laws and as soon as I’ve served my sentence I’ll be out there in public saying the same thing. Why should we take you seriously
if you’ve been convicted of a hate crime? I love my country, alright? Everything I
do I do out of love. So leaving a pig’s head on a stake in front of the Bakersfield mosque was done with love? … Well we loved doing it. Mr. Regis, are you racist? Islam is not a race. So you are Islamophobic? Sorry? Islamophobic? One more time? Is-lama-phobic? I don’t know, I’ve never eaten it. Alright, finally, The Australian is reporting that a Trevor McLean was once a member of a Nazi-connected group in the Northern Territory, can you comment on that? I wouldn’t know anything about that. Well he has been an active member of your group for the last five years We don’t do background checks! Well actually he was just last month at a white supremacist rally on Bourke Street. There was nothing supremacist about that rally. That was the cries of an underrepresented minority. Sorry, are you an underrepresented
minority or a silent majority? … Both? Mr. Regis, I’m going to give you a chance here. Will you right now totally denounce racist and white nationalist groups and individuals who might support you? Alright let me be crystal clear: our group,
not now, not ever, has had any links, or bears any similarity to Nazis. I have had it up to here with you mate! Oh relax, it was free-to-air, no was watching. – I can’t.
– You can. Just like we practised. They won’t do shit. Yeah, you wanna bet? We are trying to legitimise here, mate. You can’t keep hanging out with Richard and his goons. Hey! They get shit done. Yeah with a target on their back! – Yeah, I’ll bet.
– Yeah, right… Go on. Twenty bucks says after you tell them they just stand there like stunned
mullets while you walk out the door forever. I will fuck your shit up, mate! Oh, please, it was a tiny rally! It’s not like I had a hood and a tiki torch. – Yeah, Bunnings was sold out of them.
– Not now, Frank. – You have to pre-order them…
– Not now, Frank! Yeah and I bet you they beat the shit out of me. Well then I’ll nurse you back to health
and you’ll make a sweet profit. Go on! Twenty bucks. Don’t be a bitch. Hey, what happened to the moral high ground? What happened to freedom of speech? What happened to freedom of speech. I mean, Jesus! You have freedom of speech – and don’t say that! – Look, can I just say…
– Shut up, Frank! Okay. I’ll see you tonight? You bet. Good luck. Punch a Nazi for me! Okay. Bye. Alright fine, let’s ask Matty then. What do you think, mate? You think we don’t do enough? Look I think… you should probably focus
on lying low for now. Hey mate, can I talk to you for a second? Yeah absolutely, but check it out, Frank had an idea. Yeah. Merchandise!
T-shirts, hats, reusable coffee cups. Too greenie. Single use coffee cups! What’s this about? Branding, mate, branding. It’s the next big step. This is more than some stupid fucking stunt we’re gonna have our name on everything. I know a guy. We can put this stuff online for fundraising. All legit! See! Legit. Exactly! And we call ourselves a party now… or a society? What? Australian Nationalists
United Society? I don’t know, I can’t do everything. Look, mate, I really need to talk to you Okay? Yeah, about the interview I know. What a fucking totally biased shitshow. You know my dad’s British, and they have the nerve to call me anti-immigration! You are anti-immigration! Yeah, but they say it like an insult, it’s mean when they say it. Yeah well maybe they’ve got a point! How’s that? I don’t know maybe this place could do with a bit more diversity. What are you talking about? Look, never mind, can you just come up here please, I really need to- What the fuck is this?! What? This shit, numbnuts! Oh yeah, that’s a swasdicka. Get it? Swas-DICK-a. Anschluss! Anschluss! What’s up? I really need to tell you something. Sure… Anschluss! Anschluss! Guys, cut it out! He drew a dick-and-balls on my swastickas again! Frank, stop dick-and-balls on his
swastikas! You know Nazis are sensitive! – I’m not a Nazi, I’m an activist!
– Yeah, okay. Matty! Help! Anschluss! I’m Switzerland, Frank! Hey. What’s up? (drum beat) (drum beat intensifies) (drums and soundtrack rise) (heavy drums) Hey. What’s up? Surrender! Surrender! (choking) What? Like Hitler did in Berlin? You’re not going to grill me like those TV guys, are you? Let me tell you what I really think. I think you’re pathetic. And I think you’re a racist. And I think you’re in too deep and I don’t
think you care who you hurt on your way out. Is there a question? You’re evading. – I’m not!
– You are. – I’m not!
– Yes you are! Matty I don’t get it. Who are you
supposed to be? Leigh Sales, ABC. At least be someone with a bit of credibility. Yeah. How about Mark Latham? Yeah! No. You gotta prepare yourself for the
absolute worst, mate. Unless you think you can’t defend yourself? All right, hit me again. Mr. Regis, thank you for joining me. Thanks, Leigh. So: what is so terrible about Muslims? This country was founded on Christian values. I think it should stay that way. Don’t Muslims and Christians worship the same God? You don’t see Christians beheading people in the streets. I don’t see any Muslims doing
that either. – Is there a question?
– (buzzer sound!) You’re evading. Oh what do you know? Maybe you just haven’t met that many Muslims. Don’t need to. We’re people of the world plenty. Frank did that mission in Bahrain. – Contiki in Bali.
– See. Look, if you can’t explain your opinions maybe they really are bullshit… Go on. Argue your case. Just
convince me. Convince me. Okay. You wanna know the truth? Here’s the truth. Human beings need tribes to survive. We always have. I want my tribe to succeed. What’s wrong with that? I want other tribes to succeed, but we
can’t together. That’s the truth. And here’s where you say I’m a racist. (flag falls)
– Oh shit. I don’t think you’re a racist. Not really. No, I think you’re afraid. And I think you take advantage of people by using their fear. – Is there a question? And I think it’s because you’re full of fear too. You’re terrified of change. You’re terrified of things being different, and I mean I understand. So is everyone else. So is everyone else. But maybe they’ve figured out something that you just haven’t yet. What’s that, Leigh? Maybe when you push past that fear you
find something else. Maybe open windows let in more light. I think they let in more rain. And what if that’s wrong? It’s the truth. No I mean… What if it’s wrong? (knock at the door)
– Oh that’ll be it! Same-day delivery! (quiet drum beat) (phone buzzes) Hearts and minds. Hearts and minds. (offscreen) Hey guys! I think you should… You should come and have a look at this! I couldn’t do it. It’s… okay. (music track) So do you, like, owe me twenty bucks now, or…?
(Laughter) – Seriously?
– You didn’t think to check? – Well I can’t do everything!
– (scoffs) It’s bloody memorable, at least…