Unity ticket on Nazi flags

A TASMANIAN Liberal senator says she would support state governments if they sought to ban the Nazi flag and Nazi displays, while Lyons Labor MHR Brian Mitchell has urged Housing Tasmania to take stronger action against the display of Nazi flags on their properties. The incident in Perth came in the same weeks the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation highlighted the growing terrorism threat of far-right extremism in Australia. Under Tasmanian law, itis not illegal to publicly display Nazi images, however it could fall foul of the state's Anti-Discrimination Act if a complaint was made. Tasmanian Liberal Senator Claire Chandler said she would be supportive of moves to clearly ban Nazi symbols from being publicly displayed. “I would support any legislative approach by state governments to ban the Nazi flag and similar Nazi displays, “she said. “The atrocities committed by the Nazis should be known to everyone and it is appalling that anyone would wish to associate themselves with Nazi beliefs or symbols. “Senator Chandler this week addressed terrorism risks during a speech in the Senate, arguing against the release of eight convicted terrorists who are due for release shortly.

Mr Mitchell said if it was within their power, Housing Tasmania should take more decisive action regarding the incident in Perth. “There’s no excuse for it. There is no excuse for flying a symbol of hatred and division in a democratic, peace-loving country like Australia," he said. Tasmanian Jewish leader also called on the Tasmanian Government to "address" the issue of Nazi symbols being publicly displayed. The Perth incident was the latest of several anti-Semitic incidents in Tasmania in recent years. Mr Mitchell said introducing laws to ban Nazi symbols could also have "unintended consequences”. “We wouldn't want a law that ultimately would restrict free speech. Anything that happens would have to be carefully considered, “he said.