The Queensland Parliament’s Legal Affairs and Safety Committee is conducting an inquiry into serious vilification and hate crimes.
This inquiry is the result of the #BetterLaws4SafeQld campaign by the Cohesive Communities Coalition.
What will the inquiry examine?
The enquiry will look at the current protections and assess if they are operating effectively and if they are meeting community expectation.
What is serious vilification?
Vilification is when someone publicly targets a person or a group of people by displaying hatred toward them because of their race, religion, sexuality or gender identity by:
- Someone shouting threats or comments at you
- Leaflets, stickers, graffiti or posters
- Written articles or comments online or in the media
- Flags, emblems and symbols
- T-shirts or other clothing
- Making gestures
Why is it important to tell your story?
It’s important that the Committee hears from people who have experienced vilification so that the Committee understands how it affects individuals and communities. It will also help the Committee to understand how often it happens, why people don’t report it when it happens to them, and how they felt about the way it was dealt with.
Telling your story will help the Committee consider what types of penalties should exist, what types of behaviour should be against the law, and what else Queensland could do to make sure these types of things happen less, instead of more.
How can you have your say?
There are three ways you can share your story with the Committee:
- A written submission (handwritten or online)
- An audio recording
- A video submission
You can submit your video, audio or written submission to [email protected]
If you need further information contact us on 07 3337 5400.
We would be honoured to be trusted with your story to support positive change coming from the Committee's inquiry. The more voices, the better. Multicultural Australia has developed the below resources to provide additional guidance.
- FAQ Sheet & Guiding Questions
- Safe Spaces Flyer (English)
- Safe Spaces Flyer (Arabic)
- Safe Spaces Flyer (Farsi)
- Safe Spaces Flyer (Swahili)
- Safe Spaces Flyer (Vietnamese)
- Safe Spaces Filming Consent form
- Social media template
- Be Heard Campaign Video
- Parliamentary Inquiry Brochure
See the below videos from Community Leaders, who have contributed their stories in support of Be Heard and the Inquiry.
- Mokhtiar Singh, Gold Coast Sikh Association
- Abiba Andriah, Queensland African Communities Council
- Ali Kadri, Islamic College of Brisbane
- Christine Castley, Multicultural Australia
- Kee Cheung, Queensland Chinese Forum
- Brutrus Haider, Multicultural Australia
- Kam Athwal, Sikh Community
- Rita Jabri-Markwell, Cohesive Communities Coalition
- Jason Steinberg, Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies
If you would like help to have your story recorded and submitted, visit a Safe Space.
See dates and locations below.
The deadline for submissions is 12 noon on Monday 12 July 2021.
Can I remain anonymous?
You can choose whether you would like just your name to be kept secret (but the rest of your submission published), or your entire submission. If your entire submission is kept confidential, only the Committee and their staff will see it. Include your request when you lodge your submission. Make sure you specify whether it is your name or your entire submission you would like kept confidential.
Guiding questions to help with your submission:
- Tell us about your experience of hate incident or crime. How old were you? Who were you with? What happened?
- Where did it take place? Was there anybody walking past? Did anyone say or do anything to help you?
- Why do you think the person or persons selected you?
- Did you report to an authoritative figure? If so, what did they do and were you happy with their response?
- If you were not satisfied with the response, what penalties do you think were appropriate in your case?
- At any point, did you worry that it would be difficult to prove that the incident happened because the person hated your race or religion? If so, can you explain why?
- How did your experience impact your life?