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Victoria passes legislation banning the public display of the Nazi symbol

Victoria passes legislation banning public display of Nazi symbol to white supremacists in ‘a thunderclap’

  • Victoria has passed legislation banning the public display of the Nazi swastika
  • The bill, hailed as a ‘thundering blow’ to white supremacists, passed Tuesday
  • It makes it illegal for anyone to intentionally display the Nazi symbol

Victoria has passed a law banning the public display of the Nazi swastika.

The bill, hailed last month as a “thundering blow” to white supremacists, passed in parliament on Tuesday.

Victoria has passed legislation banning the public display of the Nazi swastika

Victoria has passed legislation banning the public display of the Nazi swastika

It makes it a crime for anyone to intentionally display the Nazi symbol in public, and those who do face penalties of up to nearly $22,000, 12 months in prison, or both.

People will only be charged if they do not follow a police directive to remove the symbol.

Victorian Attorney General Jaclyn Symes said the swastika glorified one of the most hateful ideologies in history, and that making it public would do nothing but cause even more pain and division.

“It is a proud moment to see these important laws passed with bipartisan support,” she said.

“I’m glad to see that no matter which side of politics we agree that this despicable behavior will not be tolerated in Victoria.”

Religious versions of the symbol linked to Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religions remain legal.

There will also be exceptions for historical, educational and artistic purposes, while memorabilia featuring the Nazi swastika can still be traded as long as the symbol is covered when displayed to the public.

The legislation will come into effect in six months to allow for a campaign on the origins of the religious and cultural swastika, the state government said.

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