Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has condemned a Nazi flag being flown over a home in the state’s north-west as “disgusting”, amid calls to stop the symbol from being publicly displayed.
The flag, which features the swastika and other Nazi symbols, is still flying over the home in Beulah, a town which is along Victoria’s famous Silo Art Trail in the state’s Mallee region.
News that the symbol was on public display prompted widespread condemnation and renewed calls for displaying Nazi symbols to be made illegal.
“The people who are displaying that despicable flag … it’s just disgusting,” Mr Andrews said.
“It is absolutely disgusting behaviour and if there’s any decency in that household they will take that flag down immediately.”
Independent MP for Mildura Ali Cupper said she was disgusted the flag was flying in her electorate.
“It’s shocking and it’s awful. It’s desperately sad and it’s such an insult to all of us who are democratic citizens who believe in inclusion and equality,” she said.
Victoria Police said in a statement it had received complaints about the flag and was investigating whether any offences had been committed.
Police were working with the Yarriambiack Shire Council to resolve the matter, the statement said.
The council sought legal advice about how the flag could be taken down, but chief executive Jessie Holmes said beyond asking the residents to remove it, there was little the council or police could do.