Melbourne neo-Nazis were paraders and provokers, not protectors

What they were doing around Posie Parker’s women’s rally on March 18…

Colin Robinson
11 min readApr 16


Where it happened. Parliament House steps, Spring St, Melbourne. (trungydang, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia C.)

A small group of unashamed neo-Nazis triggered extreme reactions from political leaders in Australia and New Zealand when they made a public appearance in the heart of Melbourne on March 18, 2023.

The neo-Nazis did their thing alongside the Let Women Speak rally led by Posie Parker (Kellie-Jay Keen), on the steps of Victoria’s Parliament House, as an angry crowd was holding a counter-protest on the other side of Spring St.

So what sort of thing were the neo-Nazis actually doing?

A sensational claim

A claim that went viral is that the neo-Nazis were protectors of Posie Parker’s rally.

This sensational claim was pushed on Twitter by one of Australia’s best known progressives, Greens leader Adam Bandt.

Note the number of views: 474.6K (as at April 12).

Adam Bandt’s account of what happened was immediately contested:

Another reply to Bandt described the neo-Nazis as invaders of the LWS rally…

The source of the claim

How did Adam Bandt know (or think he knew) that the neo-Nazis came to Spring Street to protect Posie Parker’s rally? His tweet doesn’t say.

A few days later, the Victorian Greens made a public statement repeating the Nazis-as-protectors meme, but this time indicating its source:

“members of Melbourne’s far right… gave Nazi salutes to counter-protestors, and… publicly announced their presence as protectors and allies of the rally.”

In other words, the Greens felt certain that the neo-Nazis were protectors of the rally because the neo-Nazis said so.

To check the source used by the Greens, I went to the Telegram site of the group concerned: the National Socialist Network.



Colin Robinson

Someone who likes sharing factual information and fragments of the big picture