Far-right extremist jailed for terror plot

Georgie Moore
·2-min read

A far-right terror plotter who wanted to exterminate "the left" and Muslim people has been jailed for at least nine years.

Phillip Galea was involved in fringe groups including Reclaim Australia and the True Blue Crew.

He spent about a year plotting to attack venues including the Melbourne Anarchist Club and Melbourne Resistance Centre, and also attempted to create a "Patriot's Cookbook" as a how-to guide for other extremists.

Galea spent enormous amounts of time at home alone, drinking excessively and fuelling his conspiracy theories online.

The 36-year-old claimed the only way to control "the left" was through the "mass extermination" of them and Muslims.

He was jailed in Victoria's Supreme Court on Friday for up to 12 years, and must serve at least nine before he can be considered for release on parole.

A jury last year found him guilty of planning a terrorist attack and attempting to make a document to facilitate an attack between 2015 and 2016.

Galea researched ingredients and methods for making explosive devices and unsuccessfully tried to recruit others to assist.

"You frequently engaged in colourful, rambling conversations in which you would big-note yourself, especially late at night when you were drunk," Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth said.

"Although your plans were rather amateurish, and aspects of them were highly unlikely to succeed, you believed that they would work.

"You clearly regarded Muslims and people on the left-wing of politics as sub-humans, whose lives had no value."

Galea also tried to make a guide on making and using bombs, torturing people and waging war against his ideological enemies.

It was to be based on 1971 Anarchist Cookbook and Galea continued working on it in jail after his arrest.

Justice Hollingworth noted the irony of him relying so heavily on the intellectual property of a group he abhorred.

He tried to argue he had simply concocted a "fake plan" in a bid to flush out a police informer within his ranks.

Galea claimed, without any evidence, to be the victim of a conspiracy by police and the courts.

His lawyers were at pains to paint him as a waffler and big-noter who talked absolute rubbish.

Justice Hollingworth said the fact some of Galea's ideas appeared to be "fanciful, immature rubbish" was no defence.

"Even allowing for the fact that many of your late-night conversations were alcohol-fuelled ramblings, the evidence as a whole leaves no doubt about the sincerity of your intentions, or the strength of your fixation with your perceived enemies," she said.

Galea has already spent more than four years in custody and this will count towards his sentence.