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Citizens Electoral Council

Citizens Electoral Council of Australia
Leader Craig Isherwood
Founded 1988
Headquarters Coburg, Victoria
Ideology LaRouche movement
Politics of Australia
Political parties

The Citizens Electoral Council of Australia (CEC) is a minor nationalist[1] political party in Australia affiliated with the international LaRouche Movement, led by American political activist and conspiracy theorist[2] Lyndon LaRouche. It reported having 549 members in 2007.[3] They have been described as "far right",[4] "fascist" and "lunar right,"[5] as well as "ideologues on the economic Left."[6]


  • History 1
  • Platform 2
  • Criticism 3
  • Electoral results 4
  • Youth movement 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The original CEC was established by members of the

  • Official website
  • B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission's briefing paper on the CEC (PDF)
  • Retort to the Anti-Defamation Council by CEC (PDF)
  • The (Victoria) Age: "Workers of the world, take fright"
  • The Australian: Putsch to extremes
  • The (Victoria) Age:"Fascist Australia" (about CEC)
  • Green Left Weekly: "Beware of the Citizen’s Electoral Council!"
  • The Age: "Families fight back"
  • Courier Mail: "Dark side of the loons"
  • Australian Associated Press: "Parents say candidate brainwashed"
  • nineMSN: "On the fringe"
  • Australian Electoral Commission website
  • CEC page on Australian Electoral Commission Website
  • reports charges of CEC infiltration of the National Civic CouncilCatholic News
  • AIJAC: Taking Extremism Seriously

External links

  1. ^ a b "Minority group in TV hijacking". The Australian. Archived from the original on 16 July 2007. 
  2. ^ "On the fringe". Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Party Registration decision: Citizens Electoral Council". 16 May 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Colebatch, Tim (5 November 2007). "Preference deals take a conventional turn – FederalElection2007News". Melbourne: Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Fascist Australia". Melbourne:  
  6. ^ """The Australian: "Intelligent design to markets. 1 November 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d The LaRouche Cult: The Citizens Electoral Council (PDF), B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission Inc., 2001 
  8. ^ a b
  9. ^ a b Eric Butler, Jeremy Lee, Betty Luks, James Reed. "OnTarget Vol.31 – No.34". ALOR. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "2006 Queensland Election. Nanango Electorate Profile. Australian Broadcasting Corp". ABC. 7 September 2006. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Eric Butler, Jeremy Lee, Betty Luks, James Reed (19 October 1990). "OnTarget Vol.26 – No.40". ALOR. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "APPROPRIATION BILL (No. 1) 1995–96: Second Reading".  
  13. ^ "Aldred's preselection bid fails".  
  14. ^ [4]
  15. ^ Grattan, Michelle (19 March 2007). "Senior Libs move on Aldred approval – National". Melbourne: Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  16. ^ [5]
  17. ^ a b Daly, Martin (16 June 2004). "Ex-defence chief shies from 'cult' petition – National". Melbourne: Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  18. ^ "Fed: Latham gone but the money flowed to ALP, AAP General News Wire. Sydney: 1 February 2005. pg. 1
  19. ^ "Ex-defence chief shies from 'cult' petition" By Martin Daly The Age 16 June 2004
  20. ^ "What Australia Must do to survive the Depression". 17 October 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  21. ^ "Community leaders launch bid for new national bank". 26 September 2002. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  22. ^ "Point 2 – Establishment of a National Credit Banking Scheme". Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  23. ^ "Bank Homeowners Protection Bill in the news". 9 October 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  24. ^ "Citizens Electoral Council of Australia". Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  25. ^ [6]
  26. ^ a b "Victoria's Electoral Matters Committee" (PDF). Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  27. ^ "Citizens Electoral Council of Australia". Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  28. ^ "Citizens Electoral Council of Australia". Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  29. ^ Sweetman, Terry (8 June 2001). "Dark side of the loons". Courier Mail. 
  30. ^ Green, Jonathan (20 May 2004). "Workers of the world, take fright". The Age (Melbourne). 
  31. ^ "LaRouche's Record on Fighting Racism". Citizens Electoral Council of Australia. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  32. ^ Families fight back, Martin Daly, The Age, 30 January 1996; Dark side of the loons, Terry Sweetman, Courier Mail, 8 June 2001; Parents say candidate brainwashed, Adam Cooper, Australian Associated Press, 19 June 2001; and Jana Wendt (3 October 2004). "On the fringe". nineMSN. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  33. ^ Veitch, Don, Beyond Common Sense – Psycho-Politics in Australia, 1996
  34. ^ "Sex, socialism and shooting lead the charge in microparty race". Sydney Morning Heralddate=20 August 2010. 20 August 2010. 
  35. ^ "First Preferences by Party". Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  36. ^ CEC policy flyer


Twelve ALYM members ran for the House of Representatives and for the Senate in Victoria at the 2004 election. They also managed three flagship campaigns in the Melbourne Region, including the campaign of Aaron Isherwood, himself a member of the ALYM, standing against Michael Danby (one of the few Jewish MPs in the federal parliament and a well-known LaRouche opponent[17]) in the seat of Melbourne Ports. All candidates were unsuccessful.

The ALYM claims that its membership grew during the 2004 federal election campaign, during which they worked for CEC candidates in three election campaigns in the Melbourne region, in Maribyrnong, Calwell and Melbourne Ports, where they went door-to-door handing out copies of the election edition of the New Citizen, which featured articles on the fight for a National Bank in Australia and the founding of the Australian Liberal Party in the 1940s, and explaining the potential of "LaRouche's New Bretton Woods" and the "dirty state of the Australian political scene".

In October 2003 the members of the ALYM, with the help of some members of the International Youth Movement, organised its first "Cadre School". The ALYM hopes to "organise the youth population of the country and harness the enthusiasm and optimism that they offer." The ALYM works for CEC candidates in election campaigns, distributes LaRouche literature and collects signatures for petitions.

The ALYM's responsibilities have included managing the groundwork in Federal campaigns, aiding State Campaign efforts, collecting signatures for petitions and mobilising the public and Parliament against anti-terror laws. Members are often found on the streets of Melbourne, home of the National CEC office.

The CEC also includes the Australian LaRouche Youth Movement (ALYM), the Australian branch of the International LaRouche Youth Movement. It was founded in August 2002, and focusses on the economic thought of Lyndon LaRouche as well as what they regard as Australia's republican tradition, including figures such as John Curtin, King O'Malley, and John Dunmore Lang.[36]

Youth movement

At the 2007 federal election, the CEC's previous form continued. The number of first preference votes in the lower house was 27,879 (0.22 percent), and 8,677 (0.07 percent) in the upper house, both results were 0.14 percent down from 2004.[35] However, in the Northern Territory Senate count where a quarter of their vote came from, the CEC received 2.01 percent of the vote, overtaking the Australian Democrats. Territory candidates, however, require a much higher quota to gain election than candidates in the states.

Between September 2005 and January 2006 The Australian reported upon alleged infiltration by the CEC of the

Despite this fundraising, the CEC polled extremely low totals again in 2004. The day after the election preliminary figures showed that the CEC had 34,177 votes, or 0.35 percent of the national vote, in the House of Representatives. Out of the 95 electorates in which they were represented, the CEC came last in 80 electorates.

The party fielded candidates for the Senate and most House of Representatives seats at the 2004 federal election. In some seats it distributed glossy full-colour pamphlets, setting out its views, as well as billboards and television advertising in some areas, suggesting that the party has access to sources of finance greater than its small electoral base would suggest. Australian Electoral Commission records indicate that the CEC has successfully raised several million dollars since 2001.

At the 2001 federal election, CEC candidates polled extremely low totals; for example, in the New South Wales Senate elections, the CEC ticket polled 2,370 votes out of 3.8 million votes cast.

Despite running in "almost every election of the past two decades" in no election has the CEC ever garnered more than 2% of the vote.[34]

CEC members demonstrate outside an election meeting organised by the Australian Jewish News in Melbourne, September 2004. Aaron Isherwood (second from right) was the CEC candidate in the seat of Melbourne Ports at the 2004 federal election.

Electoral results

Former members of the CEC and families of current members have accused the group of "brainwashing" members and engaging in campaigns involving "dirty tricks".[32] For example, former CEC staffer Donald Veitch has claimed that new recruits undergo "deprogramming sessions" and that recruits are probed for sexual peccadilloes. Veitch has stated: "The mind control operations commenced by Lyndon LaRouche in the USA in the mid-1970s are still being practised today within his movement in Australia".[33]

and a member of the Privy Council, was a member of the ADC's board of advisors. Governor-General of Australia, a former Zelman Cowen This allegation, that there is a link between the ADC and the alleged power of the Privy Council, has been attributed to the fact that Sir [31] The CEC in turn has published a response to the ADC's accusations and described the ADC "as a front for Queen Elizabeth's Privy Council, the ruling body of the British Commonwealth."[7] The Anti-Defamation Commission of the Australian branch of


The CEC website advocates a number of positions of the worldwide LaRouche movement, including that the Port Arthur massacre, in which Martin Bryant murdered 35 people and injured 37 others, was instigated by mental health institute the Tavistock Institute on the orders of the British Royal Family.[29] and that the Australian Liberal party was founded by pro-Hitler Fascists.[30]

In its campaign literature, the CEC claims to associate itself with "a tradition" including such Australian figures as the Rev John Dunmore Lang, King O'Malley, William Guthrie Spence, Frank Anstey, Daniel Deniehy, Jack Lang, Ben Chifley and John Curtin. The CEC also seeks to associate itself with a "bygone tradition" of the Australian Labor Party, by which it appears to mean the democratic socialist and protectionist policies abandoned by the ALP since the reforms of Gough Whitlam in the 1960s and 1970s.[28]

The CEC also makes claims "the Crown, its oil and resource cartels and media assets are responsible for looting Australian Citizens."[26] And declares the party's opposition to "synarchists", which they define as "a name adopted during the Twentieth Century for an occult freemasonic sect, known as the Martinists, based on worship of the tradition of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte...twentieth-Century and later fascist movements, like most terrorist movements, are all Synarchist creations."[27] In opposition the CEC stands for "...a Republic and a government that governs for all the people..."[26]

The CEC follows the LaRouche line of scepticism towards the theory of anthropogenic global warming, having lobbied the ABC to screen the film The Great Global Warming Swindle,[25] then packed the audience for a post-program audience discussion with members who made comments about "carbon 14, eugenics, Plato's cave and Nazism", referring to fears of global warming as "Hitler-Nazi race science... this will destroy Africa".[1]

  • The establishment of a "New Bretton Woods International Monetary System".
  • The establishment of a National Bank and State Banks.
  • The repeal of all federal and state anti-union legislation
  • The repeal of recent laws, such as the Australian anti-terrorism legislation, 2004, which the CEC believes have "taken away the civil rights of Australians"
  • An immediate halt to the privatisation of Commonwealth and State assets and regulatory bodies
  • An immediate moratorium on foreclosures of family farms
  • The immediate elimination of the National Competition Policy
  • The elimination of the Goods and Services Tax
  • The reassertion of national control over Australia's oil and gas and huge mineral resources
  • A "dramatic expansion" of resources to all public health facilities
  • A "dramatic upgrading" of federal and state infrastructure
  • A "real war on drugs"
  • The establishment of "generous immigration quotas"

The official thirteen-point platform is as follows:[24]

In early 2008 the CEC started campaigning for a "Bank Homeowners Protection Bill of 2008", calling for legislation in the spirit of the Moratorium legislations enacted in the 1920s and 30s by Australian governments.[23]

"What Australia must do to survive the Depression" also has draft legislation for "the establishment of a National Bank and State Banks for provide loans at 2% or less to agriculture (family farms), industry and for infrastructure development" that in 2002 they launched a petition drive to support with a full page advertisement in The Australian newspaper.[21] "Rebuild the Country with a People's Bank" being a predominant slogan on their election material.[22]

In 2001, the Citizens Electoral Council published "What Australia must do to survive the Depression", that outlines the party's policy to enact, development programs, writings by Lyndon LaRouche and a brief "history" of how the CEC was eclipsed by Pauline Hanson's One Nation.[20]


The CEC leader is National Secretary and National Treasurer Craig Isherwood of Melbourne, who has been a CEC election candidate three times. Other members of the Isherwood family are also prominent in the CEC; Noelene Isherwood is the party's National chairman.

In the mid-2000s, the party found support from Muslim groups opposed to the detention of suspected terrorists by the United States at Guantanamo Bay detention camp.[16][17] In 2004, the CEC received the largest contribution of any political party, $862,000 from a central Queensland cattle farmer and former CEC candidate named Ray Gillham.[18][19]

[15][14][7] supplied to him by the CEC.[13] In 1996, then-Liberal Party MP

[11][9] League of Rights publications now warn their readers to avoid the CEC, citing attacks on the British Royal Family for supposed drug connections and LaRouche's


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