Beulah Nazi flag incident prompts Victorian MP to call for statewide Swastika ban

Member for Caulfield David Southwick and two former Beulah residents have started a petition calling on the Legislative Assembly of Victoria to take action against anti-Semitism.

“We, the undersigned citizens of Victoria, call on the Legislative Assembly of Victoria to note that signatories of this petition condemn in the strong possible terms the recent flying of a Nazi flag above a residential premises in the town of Beulah, Victoria,” the petition reads.

“This unfortunate incident has clearly demonstrated the pain, anger and division the public display of the Nazi Swastika causes and believe this message of hatred has no place in our state.

“We therefore call on the Victorian State Government to introduce new legislation to ban the public display of the Swastika in Victoria.”

Mr Southwick had previously called for the flag to be removed in a social media post on Facebook.

“As we have seen anti-Semitism is on the rise in Australia more needs to be done to stamp out this hate,” he said.

Former Beulah residents and best friends Hannah Coffey and Elissa Muller contacted Mr Southwick’s office after the incident.

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