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Australian state bans the public display of Nazi swastikas

Victoria First Australian State to Ban Public Displays of Swastikas

Victoria became Australia's first state to pass a bill banning the public display of swastikas this week.

Chairman of Australia's Anti-Defamation Commission Dr. Dvir Abramovich, who was at the helm of a five-year campaign to get the bill passed, was the only member of the public present at the passing of the bill in the Victorian Parliament's Legislative Council.

The passing of the bill means it will now be a criminal offense for any person to deliberately display a swastika publicly, which can lead to fines of up to 22,000 Australian Dollars ($15,100 USD) and/or imprisonment.

The bill contains exemptions for members of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain religions to whom the swastika is historically a symbol of peace. (JPost/ VFI News)

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