Tasmania has become the first jurisdiction to ban the Nazi salute, with penalties of up to three months’ jail on the cards for first-time offenders. The laws, which also prohibit the display of Nazi symbols, have passed the state’s upper house and are expected to come into effect later in 2023. “We strongly condemn any display of hate in our community,” Attorney-General Elise Archer said on Wednesday. “This (law change) is the first of its kind in Australia and will contribute to the creation of a safer and more inclusive Tasmania.” The federal government is moving to ban Nazi symbols, with a proposal introduced to parliament in June. But it doesn’t cover the salute. Victoria is among several states to have banned Nazi symbols and has flagged plans to also outlaw the salute.

via theadvocate: Nazi salute banned, jail penalties in Australian first