Aleph thanks the Andrews government

September 5, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Aleph Melbourne has commended the Victorian Government, under the leadership of Premier Daniel Andrews, for its ongoing commitment to protecting all Victorians from hate, and for standing steadfastly strong with Jewish and LGBTIQ+ Victorians.

Along with making the public display of Nazi symbols illegal, we welcome the government’s commitment to extending anti-vilification protections to cover sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and HIV/AIDS status.

All too often homophobia is juxtaposed with antisemitism in wanton acts of hate, as evidenced by the attack on Cranbourne Golf Club last year and the attack on the Gardiner’s Creek Trail in July this year.

It was with sadness that Aleph Melbourne’s submission to the Inquiry into Anti-Vilification Protections highlighted a litany of anti-LGBTIQ+ vilification emanating from within the Jewish community. We hope that these reforms will see the end of such intolerance, and allow those in our community who have been forced to live in the shadows to feel sufficiently empowered to come forward and live a more authentic life.

We are also grateful to David Southwick MP for inviting Aleph Melbourne to lodge a submission to the Inquiry, which the committee found most compelling.

In Sydney, NSW Shadow Police Minister and Counter Terrorism Walt Secord welcomed the Victorian legislation, saying that he hoped to present similar legislation later this year to the NSW Parliament, which is in suspended due to COVID.

“The Victorian legislation is an Australian first and is ground-breaking, but more importantly, it has bipartisan support.

Sadly in recent months, we have seen the emergence and expression of hate in public.

Make no mistake, flying the Nazi flag or showing the swastika is might to hurt and offend. This has no place in our society and I commend the Victorian State Government, particularly, its Premier Dan Andrews.

Walt Secord is also the deputy chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel.

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