Statement on Kyabram Nazi flag incident

Reports today that a Nazi Swastika flag has been flown in Kyabram, central Victoria, is yet another painful example of this extreme symbol of hate being used to incite fear and intolerance in the community.

A large Nazi flag, along with two flags of the People’s Republic of China appear to have been affixed to a phone tower in a disgraceful attack on Chinese Australians relating to the global outbreak of COVID-19.

This incident follows recent cases of the Nazi swastika being used in targeted attacks in Beulah and Wagga Wagga. These incidents demonstrate that the Nazi swastika is not just a reminder of the unimaginable horrors of the Holocaust but is a universal symbol of racial intolerance and has no place in our community.

Following the concerning increases in cases such as these, the Victorian Liberal Nationals, earlier this year announced a policy to ban the public display of the Nazi swastika and other Nazi symbols.

Work continues to introduce legislation into the Victorian Parliament and the Victorian Liberal Nationals will continue to push until this important ban becomes law, protecting the community from this extreme symbol of hate.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police and Community Safety, David Southwick:

“Whether it’s in Kyabram, Beulah or Caulfield, the Nazi Swastika remains an extreme symbol of hate and has no place in our community.

“The use of this imagery incite fear and division throughout the community at a time such as this is appalling and such behaviour must never be tolerated.”

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