MEDIA RELEASES

AIJAC welcomes ‘critically important’ Victorian report into anti-vilification laws and recommendation to ban Nazi symbols

Mar 3, 2021 | AIJAC

(Credit: Michael Coghlan/Flickr)
(Credit: Michael Coghlan/Flickr)

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) welcomes the report by the Victorian parliamentary committee into the effectiveness of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 (RRTA).

In particular, AIJAC is pleased that the committee has recommended lowering the legal threshold for incitement-based vilification and comments introducing a harm-based vilification provision to make it easier to substantiate a complaint.

AIJAC’s Executive Director Colin Rubenstein said, “At a time of rising racist extremism, the Committee’s review is critically important to ensure that Victoria’s anti-vilification laws become more effective, which in turn helps foster a more harmonious multicultural society.”

AIJAC also supports in principle the recommendation to call on the Victorian Government “to establish a criminal offence that prohibits the display of symbols of Nazi ideology, including the Nazi swastika with considered exceptions to the prohibition.”

AIJAC’s Director of International and Community Affairs Jeremy Jones affirmed, “AIJAC supports the Committee’s recommendation to ban Nazi symbols where they are used with the intention of promoting hatred.”

“The Nazi swastika is a symbol of immense evil. Giving the police power to act where it is being used for racist and extremist purposes will complement other measures aimed at combating racist organisations”, he noted.

“Legal action is part of a holistic approach to combatting racism, which also must include educational programs and affirmation of democratic values,” Mr Jones concluded.

For additional information, contact Jeremy Jones on (+61) 0411 536 436 or jjones@aijac.org.au

RELATED ARTICLES


Image: Israel Foreign Ministry Twitter

AIJAC condemns deadly Jerusalem terror attack

Jan 28, 2023 | Featured, Media Releases
NSW premier Dominic Perrottet apologises for wearing a Nazi uniform to his 21st birthday "fancy dress" party (screenshot)

AIJAC’s statement on the Perrottet Nazi uniform controversy

Jan 13, 2023 | Featured, Media Releases
The International Court of Justice in the Hague

UN referral of Israel to International Court of Justice ‘odious’, Australian ‘no’ vote commended

Jan 3, 2023 | Featured, Media Releases
 Likud leader and former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the President's Residence in Jerusalem. Credit: Ilia Yefimovich/dpa/Alamy Live News

AIJAC congratulates Binyamin Netanyahu on formation of new Israeli government

Dec 23, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases
Ralph King (2)

AIJAC welcomes announcement of Ralph King as new Ambassador to Israel

Dec 21, 2022 | Media Releases
(Image: Flickr)

AIJAC welcomes Albanese Government’s new sanctions on Iran, calls for more

Dec 12, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases

SIGN UP FOR AIJAC EMAILS

RECENT POSTS

Image: Shutterstock

Israel, the Palestinians, and the question of governability – days of unrest ahead

Labor intervenes to protect the IRGC from terror listing

Alexey Milchakov, founder of the neo-Nazi Rusich unit that links Wagner and the Russian Imperial Movement (source: @P_Kallioniemi)

Russia is the Iran of White Supremacy

Image: Shutterstock

Beating antisemitism will help save society

Mahmoud Abbas’ rule has led not only to oppression and corruption for Palestinians, but also prevented progress toward peace, Eid argues (Image: Shutterstock)

19th year of a four-year term

Image: Shutterstock

Israel, the Palestinians, and the question of governability – days of unrest ahead

Labor intervenes to protect the IRGC from terror listing

Alexey Milchakov, founder of the neo-Nazi Rusich unit that links Wagner and the Russian Imperial Movement (source: @P_Kallioniemi)

Russia is the Iran of White Supremacy

Image: Shutterstock

Beating antisemitism will help save society

Mahmoud Abbas’ rule has led not only to oppression and corruption for Palestinians, but also prevented progress toward peace, Eid argues (Image: Shutterstock)

19th year of a four-year term

SORT BY TOPICS