Dr. James "Jim" Saleam (/ˈseɪl.əm/, (born 18 September 1955) is an Australian far-right activist and the current chairman of the Australia First Party.
Saleam co-founded National Action (NA) on Anzac Day, 1982, having been a member of the short-lived National Socialist Party of Australia as a teenager during the 1970s. National Action eventually imploded due to Saleam's criminal actions which included property offences and fraud in 1984 and for organising a shotgun attack in 1989 on African National Congress representative Eddie Funde by two NA members. Saleam served jail terms for both crimes. He pleaded not guilty to both charges, claiming that he was set up by police. This claim was rejected by the courts and Saleam maintained his innocence.
On his release from prison, Saleam was awarded a PhD in politics from the University of Sydney by writing a thesis entitled The Other Radicalism: An Inquiry Into Contemporary Australian Extreme Right Ideology, Politics And Organization 1975-1995.
Saleam has acted as a mentor for the Patriotic Youth League and was the Secretary of the Sydney branch of the Australia First Party (AFP) between 2002 and 2007. In August 2007, he was expelled from the party by AFP president Diane Teasdale and later established Australia First (NSW) as a separate entity and incorporated the AFP NSW membership into the new party with himself as the party chairman. He is also the co-organiser along with Welf Herfurth, of the Sydney Forum, a right wing conference that is held annually in Sydney.
Saleam is divorced with two children and was reported to be self-employed in 2008.
Saleam is a white nationalist, and has been a strong advocate of barring further immigration to preserve a "predominantly white nation resistant to... watering-down of its culture".
In 2004 Saleam contested the NSW local government elections, and ran for Marrickville Council on an anti-refugee platform. In 2012 he ran for NSW local government election in the City of Blue Mountains. Saleam contested the 2013 federal election and ran in the seat of Cook on a platform to end to refugee intakes. He ran against Scott Morrison and gained 617 votes, or 0.67 per cent of the formal vote. In the 2016 federal election Saleam ran in the seat of Lindsay and received 1068 votes or 1.2% of the total vote.