Victoria, Australia

State Government: Labor in no rush to ban displays of Nazi swastika

A ban on flying Nazi swastika flags and other symbols will be several months away at least, with the state Labor government cool on Sunday to opposition calls for swift action.

The government says it will wait for a review of Victoria’s hate-speech laws already under way in the state Parliament before it considers new bans or crackdowns.

But the state Liberal opposition, backed by Jewish and anti-racist groups, say that urgent action is needed to combat what it calls a rising tide of hatred in the community.

The Liberals plan to bring laws into the Parliament that would give Victoria police the power to tear down Nazi flags and with potential criminal penalties of up to six months in jail fo...

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