The Nazi salute and hate symbols will be outlawed under new counter terrorism laws.

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the government was drawing a line in the sand on glorifying hatred.

Mr Dreyfus said the bill sent a message that “there is no place in Australia for acts and symbols that glorify the horrors of the Holocaust and terrorist acts”.

The amendments will be introduced to parliament on Wednesday, making the salute a criminal offence under Commonwealth law.

“The amendments will ensure that no one will be allowed to glorify or profit from acts and symbols which celebrate the Nazis and their evil ideology,” he said.

“There is absolutely no place in Australia for hatred, violence and anti-Semitism.”

The Islamic State flag will be removed from the bill, but a new offence will cover symbols used by proscribed terrorist organisations.

There will also be stronger protections for journalists.

Source: AAP