Tasmania Joins Effort to Ban Nazi Symbols » J-Wire

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The Tasmanian government will introduce laws banning the display of Nazi symbols.

It follows similar surges in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.

Tasmanian laws would ban symbols, including the swastika, for hate and fear.

They will still be allowed to be displayed for historical or educational purposes while allowing Hindu and Buddhist groups to use them.

“Our government strongly condemns the display and sale of these symbols when used for purposes of hate and fear,” Attorney General Elise Archer said Sunday.

“This is a matter of deep concern to me as Attorney General as well as to many Tasmanians.”

Ms. Archer will work with community groups to draft the laws while reviewing proposed changes in other states.

Victoria is set to become the first state to ban the symbols after her government introduced legislation in state parliament last month.

Queensland later announced similar plans.

New South Wales Attorney General Mark Speakman pledged in April to ban waving Nazi flags or displaying memorabilia bearing swastikas following recommendations from a parliamentary inquiry into the status in February.

Jeff Schneider, president of the Hobart Hebrew Congregation, told J-Wire: “In these times of rising anti-Semitism and extremism, we welcome this initiative from the Tasmanian government. We look forward to working with the Attorney General, local community members and our associates at ECAJ on this important issue.

A few years ago, a resident of one area of ​​the state phoned the congregation to express his dismay at a neighbor displaying a Nazi flag. He was very frustrated that the police or the government were powerless to take any action. We look forward to new legislation that will remedy these unfortunate situations.”


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