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Greenwich, Alex to the Attorney General, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
  1. Are there increasing reports of discrimination and vilification in New South Wales?
  2. What are the trends in discrimination and vilification reports to the Anti-Discrimination Board over the past 10 years?
  3. What assessment has the Government made about the need for reform to address matters reported to the Board on grounds not covered under New South Wales legislation?
  4. What assessment has the Government made about the need to strengthen responses against discrimination and vilification through:
    1. Law reform;
    2. Policy changes;
    3. Service delivery programs;
    4. Community education;
    5. Support for community initiatives?
  5. What further plans does the Government have to address community concerns about discrimination and vilification?
Answer -

I am advised:

(1) and (2) The number of enquiries received by Anti-Discrimination NSW (ADNSW) has fallen over the last 10 years while the number of complaints about discrimination and vilification has remained fairly constant. Information on enquiries and complaints regarding discrimination and vilification received by ADNSW is available in its annual reports at: https:⁄⁄⁄Pages⁄ adb1_publications⁄adb1_pub_annualreports⁄adb1_pub_annualreports.aspx .

(3) The Government monitors the operation of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 on an ongoing basis.

(4) (a) and (b) In June 2018, the Parliament of New South Wales amended the Crimes Act 1900 to introduce section 93Z to prohibit publicly threatening or inciting violence on grounds including sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.

(c) The NSW Police Force has a dedicated Engagement and Hate Crime Unit which oversights, and works with all Police Area Commands and Police Districts, to investigate hate motivated incidents.

(d) In May 2020, the Government launched the Stop Public Threats campaign to target hate and xenophobia, including online abuse in the community. The campaign will help the community understand their legal rights and ensure that threats of violence are reported to police for investigation.

(e) ADNSW also provides community education and is involved in a range of community engagement initiatives. Information on ADNSW's community engagement is available at: https:⁄⁄⁄Pages⁄ adb1_publications⁄adb1_pub_annualreports⁄adb1_pub_annualreports.aspx and

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Multicultural NSW is also running a Remove Hate from the Debate campaign aimed at effecting cultural changes that would reduce hate speech, particularly on the internet.

(f) Multicultural NSW is delivering the NSW COMPACT program, a community grants program which aims to promote social cohesion and community harmony.

The NSW Community Resilience and Response Plan, led by Multicultural NSW, aims to maintain and promote community harmony, build community resilience, and better equip New South Wales to prevent, limit, withstand, respond to, and recover from situations that threaten community harmony such as far right extremism, and anti-Islamic and anti-Semitic sentiments.

Question asked on 16 June 2020 (session 57-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 66
Answer received on 21 July 2020 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 70