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NSW bans public display of Nazi symbol

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In an historic moment a new law making it a criminal offence to knowingly display a Nazi symbol in public without a reasonable excuse, was passed NSW Parliament yesterday.

The new offence in the Crimes Act 1900 will carry a maximum penalty of 12 months’ imprisonment or a $11,000 fine or both for an individual; or a fine of $55,000 for a corporation.

Significant for survivors of the Holocaust

Attorney General Mark Speakman said the passing of the Crimes Amendment (Prohibition on Display of Nazi Symbols) Bill 2022 is a significant moment for survivors of the Holocaust and their loved ones.

‘The events that occurred under the Nazi regime represent one of the darkest periods of recorded human history,’ said Mr Speakman.

‘The atrocities committed during that period are almost unimaginable, and the intergenerational trauma they have caused continues to be felt by many people today.

‘This new offence sends a clear message that the display of Nazi symbols, and the hatred and bigotry they represent will not, and should not, be tolerated.

‘This new criminal offence will provide important, additional safeguards against hate speech and vilification in our State.’

Mr Speakman said the Bill contains broad exceptions to allow Nazi symbols to be displayed where it is in the public interest in good faith, including for an academic, artistic or educational purpose.

Victory for multicultural society

Minister for Multiculturalism Mark Coure said the passing of this Bill is a victory for the state’s rich multicultural society.

‘This Bill shows that our Government stands against the Nazi symbol and the hateful ideology it represents.

‘This bill will also protect those that use a swastika for religious and spiritual reasons including Buddhists, Hindus and Jains. It clearly states that the displaying of a swastika in connection with these spiritualties will not be deemed a Nazi symbol.’

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Darren Bark said that this is an historic day for New South Wales. ‘It’s a significant blow to those who promote hate and vilification in our community. Nazi symbols are a gateway to violence and are used as a recruitment tool by extremists.

‘Banning their display is a long-overdue and much-needed law in our state. The perpetrators will finally be held to account.

Legislation a game-changer

‘The legislation is also a game-changer in tackling online hate. It is time our tech companies step up and ensure these illegal symbols are removed from their platforms, and the offenders banned and prosecuted.

‘We acknowledge and thank the NSW Government, the Opposition, the Hindu community and all MPs who joined together in taking a stand against hate, wherever it appears.’

Hindu Council of Australia national vice-president Surinder Jain said that for the Hindu community, today is extra special. ‘This legislation will not only protect our community from those who wish to cause harm, it frees our sacred swastika from its indoor prison.

‘For too long, the Hindu community has not felt comfortable to display our symbol of peace because it resembled a symbol of evil. This is no longer.

‘We were so pleased to work with the Jewish community to make this a reality.

‘Thank you to everyone involved in this important work for the benefit of our entire

community.’


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10 COMMENTS

  1. How commendable ! ????
    Apart from the absurdity of criminalising an artistic design, apparently in an attempt to stamp out war crimes, such as our invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan ( not to mention Vietnam and the invention of horrors of napalm and agent orange ), why is it the swastika has been randomly chosen ?
    The Nazis were active from 1939 to 1945 and were truly horrible and figures show they killed at least 20 million Russians, and some Jews ( the figure depends on who you ask ) But Israel officially invaded the Palestinians in 1948, the first act of this ‘State’ was to massacre all their neighbours between Israel and the Mediterranean sea and drove 70,000 Palestinians from their homelands . They have persisted in this genocide for fifty five years and still this week are murdering civilians with the aid of vastly superior weaponry supplied mainly by their heartland in New York and America .
    If banning symbols will magically prevent evil actions , then any right-minded country must now ban the symbol of this incomparably more evil nation , The Star of David.
    Cheers, G”)

  2. The Communists starved 10M Ukrainians to death.
    30M Russians died in their Siberian death camps.
    60M Chinese were exterminated in purges.
    Tens of millions in other countries they took over.
    100M+ people in the wars fighting them, mostly civilians.

    Lidia Thorpe just did the communist salute on the floor of the senate while they tried to swear her in as a senator. 12 Months jail?

  3. We are banning political symbols, political ideas, political speech, on behalf of a certain ethnic group? This makes us tolerant? This make us not like the Nazis?
    My Grandfathers risked there lives to stop this sort of thing coming to Australia. They shouldn’t have bothered.

  4. Good to see the Nazi symbols banned.
    However it appears hypocritical that many that support this banning also support President Zelensky in Ukraine.
    Corporate media in the West have gone to extremes to hide the fact that Zelensky has admitted that the Ukraine army has battalions that pursue the Nazi ideology, his words when questioned about this were “they are what they are”.
    One of President Putin’s reasons for entering Ukraine was to rid the country of this Nazi curse.
    Not just a few but many Ukrainian soldiers who have been captured have swastika tattoos. In Western Ukraine there stands many memorials and statues to there hero, Stephan Bandera. His image hangs in prominent places throughout Ukraine.
    Stephan Bandera was a well known Nazi, that’s all there is to it and his followers are delighted in the Wests never ending promoting lies and hatred towards the Russians.

    • Was wondering if someone would bring this up. Thank you. What will the hypocrites say? Nothing probably, unless it’s to deny or try to have you cancelled.

    • Or Sun Tzu’s Art of War. China is doing a good job of conquering Africa and extracting all the resources and wealth, and they haven’t had to fire a shot. That’s what their warring states period taught them. How to win wars without having to engage in combat. You still get to take all the other guys stuff.

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