Racial vilification law in NSW (Inquiry)

This inquiry is a completed Legislative Council inquiry conducted by the Law and Justice Committee.   This inquiry was established on 17 December 2012 to inquire into racial vilification law in NSW, in particular, the effectiveness of section 20D of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 which creates the offence of serious racial vilification. The inquiry was referred to the Committee by the Premier of New South Wales who noted that there have been no successful prosecutions under the provision to date.

The Committee will inquire into racial vilification law in NSW, in particular: the effectiveness of section 20D which creates the offence of serious racial vilification; whether section 20D establishes a realistic test for the offence of racial vilification in line with community expectations; and any improvements that could be made to section 20D, having regard to the continued importance of freedom of speech. The terms of reference are set out in a document attached below.

Go to the NSW Parliamentary Counsel's website for the Anti Discrimination Act 1977

The final report was tabled on Tuesday 3 December 2013.

Legislative Council Report Debate, 30 January 2014
Legislative Council Report Debate, 12 August 2014

Timeline (click to show)

Referred: 17 Dec 2012
    » Call for submissions: 18 Dec 2012
    » Submissions close: 8 Mar 2013
        » Final Report Due: 3 Dec 2013
        » Final Report Published: 3 Dec 2013

Reports and Government Responses (click to show)

Hearings and Transcripts (click to show)

DateName of Document
05/04/2013Public Hearing
08/04/2013Public Hearing

Submissions (click to show)

View the public submission(s) published by the committee in relation to this inquiry.

The closing date for submissions was 8 March 2013

Other Documents (click to show)

Contact Us (click to show)

This is a completed inquiry. The contacts below are historical only.

Inquiry Terms of Reference (click to show)