NSW closer to banning Nazi hate symbol

Victoria was the first Australian state to ban the Nazi swastika (ABC News)

Nazi symbols are one step closer to being banned in New South Wales after legislation criminalising their use passed the NSW Parliament’s lower house yesterday. Source: Newcastle Herald.

It follows a ban of the Nazi swastika in Victoria, and pledges by the Queensland and Tasmanian Governments to prohibit the hate symbol.

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said the Nazi swastika harmed and distressed community members, including those of the Jewish faith.

“Hateful and vilifying conduct is completely unacceptable in our community,” he said yesterday.

The legislation, which now must pass the upper house, allows the use of the symbol for religious and education purposes. Using or displaying Nazi flags or Nazi memorabilia bearing swastikas will be banned under the law.

Individuals would face 12 months in prison or an $11,000 fine for breaking the laws, while corporations faced $55,000 fines. In an amendment to the legislation, a review of the laws would need to be held within a three-and-a-half year period of them coming into effect.

Earlier this year, a NSW parliamentary inquiry recommended banning the symbol in a move that was welcomed by Jewish and Hindu groups.

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NSW closer to banning Nazi hate symbol (By Finbar O’Mallon, AAP via Newcastle Herald

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