Australia bans Nazi symbols – level 3

12-06-2023 15:00

Australia plans to introduce legislation banning the public display and sale of Nazi symbols in response to the increasing presence of far-right activities in the country.

The proposed laws will outlaw the use of the swastika and the insignia of the SS as flags, armbands, or printed on clothing. The federal attorney-general emphasized the need to address the rise in people displaying these symbols, which are considered repugnant and have no place in Australia.

The ban doesn’t extend to the Nazi salute, as it will be left to state governments to enforce that restriction. Australia’s intelligence agency has warned of the growing organization and visibility of far-right groups. The proposed laws align with existing measures in various states and territories, and offenders face up to 12 months in prison. Exceptions will be made for artistic, academic, or religious use of swastikas due to their spiritual significance in certain religions.

Difficult words: insignia (an official sign of rank, title, or award), repugnant (extremely distasteful or offensive), align (to come together in agreement).

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What other measures, other than the ban on public display and sale of Nazi symbols, has Australia taken to address the rise in far-right activities?


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