Criminal Vilification

Monday 23 July 2018

Everyone has the right to live their life with dignity and peace, free from harassment and vilification. NSW has had anti-vilification laws since 1989 and in 1993 Clover Moore’s private member’s bill made homosexuality a ground for the offence and introduced serious vilification as a new offence. In Parliament I supported new laws that move serious vilification offences to the Crimes Act to increase the likelihood of a prosecution. This gives NSW Police powers to investigate and transfers cases from the Anti-Discrimination Board to courts.

More needs to be done to prevent abuse, harassment and discrimination of particular groups of people and I again called for a full review of anti-discrimination laws to achieve greater inclusivity. My speech: HERE.