Fred Nile shows support for the ban of Nazi symbols in NSW

February 6, 2022 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The NSW Parliament’s Social Issues Committee has met to discuss the Display of Nazi Symbols Bill 2021.

Rev Fred Nile

The proposed bill this combat antisemitism by prohibiting “the public display of a symbol of, or associated with, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, the Third Reich or Neo-Nazism (a Nazi symbol), except in certain circumstance.”

The Social Issues Committee were provided live video testimony from Australian Jewish leaders including Darren Bark CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Dr Dvir Abramovich of the Anti-Defamation Commission, the co-CEO of The Executive Council of Australian Jewry Peter Wertheim and more.

Reverend Fred Nile is a Member of the Legislative Council and sits on the Social Issues Commitee.

He said: “I raised concerns “about a declining awareness of the horrors of the Holocaust and a growing Holocaust denier movement. I also supported the recommendations that the Holocaust and the historical facts of anti-Semitism be compulsory education in our Australian School Curriculum and for the committee to recommend it.”

He said that the Social Issues Committee published an online questionnaire asking for feedback from the people of New South Wales on this Bill. There has been overwhelming support and limited concerns, the concerns being solely focused on censorship concerns. The Bill provides protections for the use of the Swastika for non-hateful ways unrelated to the Third Reich and Neo-Nazis. I am pleased to see how strongly opposed our state is to the evil symbols of Nazism.

He added:  “I moved a notice of motion in November last year to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism. This was moved as formal business but defeated by the Greens, this notion of motion will now be debated and a majority vote in the Legislative Council this month.

When this Bill comes before the NSW Legislative Council I will be proud to vote for it; I will urge my colleagues to do the same.”

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