We commend the New South Wales government and NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman on the announcement on 5 June 2018 that it will replace provisions in the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act that have proven ineffective in punishing individuals who incite or encourage violence against people based on their race, religion or sexuality.

We welcome the new legislation to be introduced into the NSW Parliament, which will create a new offence in the Crimes Act of publicly threatening or inciting violence against people on the grounds of race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex or HIV/AIDS status, including a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment and a fine of $11,000. The Bill will abolish offences in the Anti-Discrimination Act that presently carry a maximum sentence of six months in prison.

We also commend the work of the Keep NSW Safe Coalition under the chairmanship of Vic Alhadeff, and religious leaders and other groups for their hard work on this issue.