Hate Symbols To Be Banned In Queensland Under Tough New Laws
Punishable by prison
The Queensland government are moving to make the display of hate symbols punishable by law across the state.
People who display extremist symbols including Nazi and Islamic State symbols, could face up to three years in prison under new laws proposed by the state government.
Queensland would follow states such as NSW and Victoria, with Tasmania and Western Australia not far behind.
The new bill was set to be introduced by Queensland Attorney General Shannon Fentiman on Wednesday.
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Under the new law, racially, religious, gender or sexual motivated hate crimes will be punishable under harsher laws.
Police will be authorised access to personal information including a person’s phone records.
Fentiman told ABC news that while it is impossible to prevent people from possessing hate symbols, displaying them will be made illegal.
“These will be some of the strongest laws in the country,” she said.
“I think it’s really important we send a message so that it won’t be tolerated.”
The move follows an anti-trans rally in Victoria, where neo-Nazis were seen giving a Nazi salute outside of Victorian parliament.
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