Joint statement on Andrews Government response to Anti-Vilification Inquiry

The Victorian Liberal Nationals welcome the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to ban the Nazi swastika in Victoria.

In February 2020, the Liberal Nationals announced a policy position to ban the public display of the Nazi swastika as an important step against racial and religious intolerance.

In recent times, Victorians have witness a deeply concerning rise in the use of the Nazi swastika to strike fear into a range of community groups, including in Beulah, Kyabram, Cranbourne and the Grampians.

Once this legislation is passed, Victoria will become the first jurisdiction in Australia to have an explicit ban on the ultimate symbol of hate.

Today’s commitment is an important step towards a safer, more tolerant future.

The Victorian Liberal Nationals remain committed to working with the Andrews Government to ensure this legislation is effectively implemented in a timely manner.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Neil Angus:

“The Victorian Liberal Nationals welcome today’s commitment to ban the Nazi swastika.

“This reform are an important step to ensuring a safer, more tolerate community and demonstrating that intolerance has no place in Victoria.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police & Crime Prevention, David Southwick:

“Today is an important step forward for all those who have been victims of the ultimate symbol of hate – the Nazi Swastika.

“For too long, frontline police and local communities have been powerless to stop the Nazi swastika being used as a tool to spread hate.

“More recently we have seen a rise extremist nationalist and racist individuals and groups and this ban will go a long way to take away the symbol that they hide behind.”