Political Leaders in Australia Demand Action Against Local Nazis

The first public exposure of Nazism in Australia touched off widespread demands today for action against the local Nazis. The exposure was in the form of a telecast of a Nazi group meeting in a suburban house in Sydney in which jackbooted uniformed men gave Nazi salutes in front of a picture of Hitler and screamed “Hitler was right.”

Strong objections were voiced in the press and by federal and state political leaders, civic leaders and spokesmen for the general community. R.W. Askin, the opposition leader in Parliament, said “Nazism is abhorrent to Liberal party members.” He said he deplored the fact that “any” Australians “have felt impelled to join a body sponsoring the “shameful Nazi creed.”

A Labor party spokesman said “it is disturbing to hear people supporting the Nazi movement in Australia and to hear the spokesman for this organization say that the extermination of more than 6,000,000 Jews was only an allegation of the press.”

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