Qld Parliamentary committee wants to hear your story

vilification and hate crimes qld parliamentary committee

Have you ever felt unsafe because of who you are? If so, the Queensland Parliament Legal Affairs and Safety Committee wants to hear your story. Currently conducting an inquiry into serious vilification and hate crimes, the Qld parliamentary committee wants to hear stories of lived experience with those crimes.

The inquiry will examine whether serious vilification and hate crimes are increasing in Queensland and also the effectiveness of current laws.

The committee will also seek to ensure recommendations strike a fair balance with rights protected under the Human Rights Act, such as the protection of families and children, and every person’s right to liberty and security.

Vilification (hate speech) and hate crimes impact a wide range of community groups. They include women, people with a disability, older people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and the LGBTIQ+ community.

Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said, “The committee will review and investigate our existing laws, to determine whether they are operating effectively.”

The Attorney-General said Parliament needed to assess the suitability of existing laws to deal with modern challenges like online vilification.

Anecdotal evidence suggests gaps in existing hate crime laws lead to low levels of reporting. Advocates point to current Queensland laws allowing the possession and display of hateful emblems such as the Nazi Swastika.

Tell your story

To evaluate the effectiveness of current laws, the Parliamentary Committee wants to hear real-life experiences. The committee invites submissions both from groups and individuals. Written submissions via email are preferred but people unable to make a written submission can contact committee staff about other options.

Legal Affairs and Safety Committee Inquiry into Serious Vilification and Hate Crimes webpage. 

Submissions due by 12 noon 12 July 2021.

The Queensland Human Rights Commission have put together a consultation kit to help people make submissions. It contains templates and facts sheets to assist in telling your story.

Queensland Human Rights Commission Consultation Kit.

ALSO: Check out the Inquiry e-flyer for more information.

SVHC Inquiry flyer

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