New laws dealing with inciting violence in NSW now operating

August 22, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Anyone who incites or threatens violence against people based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex or HIV/AIDS status in NSW will now face up to three years in prison, under new laws that came into force this week.

Mark Speakman

Attorney General Mark Speakman said the laws were important for enhancing community safety.

“We are all entitled to express our views in NSW, but that doesn’t mean we have a licence to drum up violence against innocent people,” Mr Speakman said.

The legislation creates 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.

“These laws will send a strong and clear message to people who think it’s acceptable to incite violence against people because they belong to a particular group,” Mr Speakman said.

The new offence in the Crimes Act carries a maximum three-year sentence and a fine of $11,000, or $55,000 in the case of a corporation. It replaces and improves existing offences in the Anti-Discrimination Act.

Leslie Berger

“Public conduct intended to incite hatred, serious contempt or severe ridicule against multicultural and LGBTI communities and people with HIV/AIDS has been a crime in NSW for over 20 years, but no one has been prosecuted under the old laws,” Mr Speakman said.

“The new laws are clear and simple and will protect a broader range of vulnerable people including religious groups, who are not covered by the Anti-Discrimination Act.”

The laws follow extensive consultation with the Keep NSW Safe Coalition, religious leaders and community groups.

The newly-elected president of The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies Leslie Berger said: “It is very gratifying that the NSW government has criminalised incitement to violence based on race and religion.

All those who wish our community harm can now be put on notice that inciting violence against the Jewish community will be subject to criminal sanction. No one should be threatened with violence because of who they are or what they believe, and our community can derive great pride in the leadership role the Board of Deputies took in campaigning for this vital reform.”




One Response to “New laws dealing with inciting violence in NSW now operating”
  1. Benseon Apple says:

    Kudos to the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and the Keep NSW Safe Coalition for their work behind the scenes in making this long overdue legislation a reality.

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