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Thursday, 15 November 1973
Page: 3368

Mr McKenzie (Diamond Valley) - I preface my question to the Minister representing the AttorneyGeneral by drawing the Minister's attention to an incident which took place outside the Sunshine Court in Victoria on 28 February this year when members of the Nazi Party appeared wearing swastikas, and a fight broke out following which a number of people was arrested. In view of the British Act of Parliament of 1936 which bans the wearing of uniforms in connection with political objects, and the statement of the Premier of Victoria earlier this year that consideration had to be given to legislation banning members of the

Nazi Party from wearing uniforms and swastika insignia in public, I ask: Does the Minister agree that the wearing of Nazi uniforms and swastika insignia is both disturbing and provocative to a large number of Australians? Will the Australian Government move to implement the United Nations resolution against Nazism? Will discussions be held with the various States with a view to their passing complementary legislation? In view of the provocation involved at Sunshine, will the Attorney-General give consideration to requesting an amnesty for those persons arrested and convicted following the incident?

Mr ENDERBY (Minister for Secondary Industry) - As to the first of the several questions asked by the honourable member, I do not think that there can be any doubt that the average Australian would be provoked by the sight of Nazi uniforms being worn in the streets of Australia. As to the other questions asked by the honourable member and the problems inherent in them, I will certainly refer them to the AttorneyGeneral for his sympathetic consideration. It seems to me that the problem of banning of political parties is, of course, a very difficult one. When one considers the Nazi Party one has to take the view that it is hardly in the same accord or category of organisations as would be called political parties because it rests almost entirely on a principle of violence, racism, anti-semitism, the repudiation of all democratic principles, the fuehrer principle and the negation of everything which the democratic principles reflect and for which this Parliament, for example, stands. I think that any member of this House who went through the experience of the years of World War II and saw what nazism could do to the world will agree with me. The camps of Dachau, Buchenwald, Auschwitz, Treblinka and others of that sort can only be a reminder of the horrors that the nazis are capable of producing. The wearing in public gatherings of the nazi uniform is a symbol of that hatred and that violence for which the Nazi Party stands. I will certainly draw the Attorney-General's attention to the matters implicit in the honourable member's question.

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