The extreme political movement QAnon has mobilised a committed band of believers dedicated to fighting what they claim is a war against corrupt, child abusing elites. There are vocal devotees here in Australia.
In this dramatic episode of Four Corners, family members detail their growing awakening to the powerful hold this extremist movement now has.
What emerges is a portrait of a family in distress, divided by politics and extremist beliefs and a growing sense of alarm.
“QAnon is …first and foremost a conspiracy theory…(about) a global satanic paedophile cult, who have infiltrated the highest levels of government, the media, Hollywood.”
One QAnon adherent has attracted attention because of his long friendship with the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison. According to their father,
“I would imagine that they would be among their closest friends. I think that’s a reasonable thing to say.”
The Prime Minister’s old friend is an enthusiastic exponent of QAnon’s bizarre conspiracy theory. Now his family are speaking out on Four Corners about his descent into this extreme world view and their fears for him.
This episode of Four Corners has already sparked a political furore and an angry rebuke from the Prime Minister.
“I find it deeply offensive that there would be any suggestion that I would have any involvement or support for such a dangerous organisation.”
Those with experience of QAnon at the highest levels say the conspiracy theory movement needs to be watched very carefully.