NSW Government Orders Review Into Hate Speech Law


The NSW government on Friday ordered a review into the state’s hate crime laws. Chairperson of the NSW Law Reform Commission and former Chief Justice of the NSW Supreme Court Tom Bathurst AC KC has been appointed to conduct the review into the effectiveness of section 93Z of the Crimes Act 1900. The NSW government said it decided to review section 93Z after community groups raised questions about its effectiveness. Section 93Z makes it a crime to publicly threaten or incite violence against a person on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex or HIV/AIDS status. The review comes in the wake of concerns raised by some community groups about the effectiveness of section 93Z, which makes it an offence to publicly threaten or incite violence against a person on the grounds of race or religious belief or affiliation. The maximum punishment for the offence is up to 100 penalty points and/ or imprisonment for three years.

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