Hate symbols to be banned from public display in Qld

Queensland will ban the public display of hate symbols including swastikas.

It follows similar moves in Victoria this month, with that state introducing fines of up to $22,000 or 12 months in jail.

The Premier has confirmed the government will consult with the legal community with a view to introducing legislation into state parliament in the second half of this year.


Earlier this month swastika symbols and the Nazi slogan “blood and soil” were plastered over a ballast carriage in a rail holding yard south of Brisbane.

In October, members of the Jewish community were confronted with a Nazi flag that was being flown from an apartment window right near the Brisbane synagogue.

Police seized the flag and charged a 45-year-old man with public nuisance.

“We do not do this lightly or without good reason. These crimes are not harmless. Nor are their ideologies,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“They are to be called out, confronted and condemned.”