The Q Society of Australia Incorporated, a far-right anti-Muslim organisation founded in 2010 as a non-profit body is to deregister itself due to lack of financial support and in fear of litigation under the proposed religious freedom legislation.
The controversial organisation was successfully sued for defamation by the head of Halal Certification Authority, Mohamed Elmouelhy resulting in an apology and out of court settlement in February 2017.
The Q Society opposes Muslim immigration and the presence of Muslims in Australia while fighting against the Islamisation of Australia.
It claims to be Australia’s leading Islam-critical organisation and had joined forces with the global far-right movements specially those in Europe.
From time to time it has invited a number of anti-Islam activists and controversial speakers from overseas at its events in Australia including Dutch Islamophobic politician Geert Wilders, Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian-American who was raised as a Muslim, and is director of Former Muslims United,, Somali-born ex-Muslim activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, UK planning lawyer and anti-mosque campaigner Gavin Boby and Sudanese human rights activist Simon Deng.
Several prominent members and supporters of Q Society are current or former members of the Liberal–National Coalition including Cory Bernardi, George Christensen, Angry Anderson and Ross Cameron.
Bernardi and Christensen were criticised for speaking at the Q Society fundraising event in February 2017, an event which protesters called racist.
Kirralie Smith and Debbie Robinson, both members of the Q Society, were founding members of the far-right political party Australian Liberty Alliance (now called Yellow Vest Australia). Smith was an ALA Senate candidate for New South Wales at the 2016 federal election.