'Swastika cupcakes': private chats of neo-Nazis who stacked Young Nats
Secret conversations between neo-Nazis who tried to take over the NSW Young Nationals have been uncovered in a leak of online chat logs that also reveal contact with a leading US alt-right figure.
A joint Herald-ABC investigation has identified several Australians within a previously hidden online world, where racists post memes, share gun pictures and discuss real-life meetings.
The chat forum on the games platform Discord was used to organise the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville and included prominent members of the US alt-right such as Elliott Kline.
Messages from Mr Kline suggested he sent money to support Australian extremist Blair Cottrell, which Mr Cottrell denies.
The American was also in touch with a fascist Australian couple who courted each other online with talk of "swastika cupcakes" and "jokes" about killing non-white people.
Justin Beulah was a Young Liberal university student at the time of the 2017 messages. He and his now wife Lisa Sandford, a former One Nation member, then joined a far-right attempt to branch stack the NSW Young Nationals last year.
The couple say they have now abandoned the "toxic" white supremacy movement and urge others to do the same.
'Kind and caring'
It was, the photographers' website said, "a complete princess wedding".
Ms Sandford and Mr Beulah exchanged vows in February in a Presbyterian church before posing for pictures in front of Parliament House in Canberra.
"[The] first thing that struck Lisa about Justin was his kind and caring nature," the photographers' blog continued. "For Justin, Lisa is quite literally the most considerate, kind and loving person he has met."
The couple's caring natures were not on display on Discord.
Using memes and violent language, they degraded other ethnicities in a chat called Vibrant Diversity. Their messages in the invite-only forum were among hundreds of thousands published by US media collective Unicorn Riot this year.
"They described it as an elite group," Unicorn Riot's Chris Schiano said. "There is a fair amount of influential people from the alt-right in it."
Mr Beulah posted more than 1400 messages as "Brad Small", including a lynching cartoon and propaganda from Australian neo-Nazi group Antipodean Resistance.
"My phone has numbers of the majority of the Aussie Alt Right," he wrote.
Then a 21-year-old commerce student at the University of Canberra, and a member of its Liberal Society executive, he complained he was in a class with "three Jews".
He disobeyed directions online to protect his identity, posting a picture of a shirt, suit and pocket square combination that also appeared on his Facebook.
An 'ultra-far right Nazi'
"Msnatsocialist" was a Catholic and a One Nation member who loved baking and hated feminism.
At 25, Ms Sandford was also an "ultra far right Nazi" who worshipped Hitler and wanted a greater role for women in white supremacy politics.
Like her then boyfriend, Ms Sandford repeatedly used violent language directed toward minorities over a period of months.
"Race mixing is vile," she said. She wished Aboriginal Australians had been wiped out, wore a necklace in the shape of the Black Sun hate symbol and referred to Facebook groups she helped create such as Woman's Nationalist Club Australia.
Despite their political affiliations (party spokespeople said they were no longer members of One Nation or the Liberals), Ms Sandord and Mr Beulah last year joined a group of far-right figures attempting to seize control of the NSW Young Nationals.
The ABC revealed in October the group pushed at the May 2018 state conference for policy motions such as restricting immigration to "culturally compatible" peoples.
Suspicious of a branch stack, the party eventually banned Ms Sandford, Mr Beulah and 20 others.
The Nationals' NSW director Ross Cadell said the party had tightened its membership processes after an internal investigation exposed "abhorrent" material about the group.
"We didn't think we could be more shocked, but then the next batch would come in," he said, warning "parasitic" right-wing extremists would keep looking for mainstream political hosts.
Andrew Jakubowicz, a UTS sociologist, said online racism was normalised as part of a "competitive practice" to post more shocking content.
"It raises the level of incivility," he said. "It raises the likelihood of intergroup violence quite dramatically."
The Kline connection
Ms Sandford liked to boast of her extremist connections.
In 2017 she said she belonged to three Melbourne meet-up groups and bought tickets to the racist conference DingoCon. She spoke of drinking beers with Blair Cottrell, who led the extremist United Patriots Front.
When Mr Cottrell faced court in Melbourne in May 2017, charged with racial vilification over a mock Islamic beheading, she decided to support him in person.
"Do you want me to live stream the trial?" Ms Sandford asked on Discord.
Seconds later she received a response from one of the most influential figures in the US white supremacist scene at the time.
"YES PLEASE," Eli Mosley replied.
Mosley was a pseudonym of Elliott Kline, a military veteran who falsely claimed to have served in Iraq, the New York Times reported.