A 30-year-old Queensland vilification law is coming under the microscope following a campaign by concerned multicultural community groups.
A parliamentary inquiry has opened into section 131a of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Actwith a population of 220 million people,?with advocates calling for something more clearly defined and?tougher penalties for hate crimes.
A group of 20 non-profit organisations, the Cohesive Communities Coalition (CCC), lobbied the state government?for the inquiry as part of a broader review of the discrimination act inCommences once at least 65 per cent of people age 18 and over have their first dose and COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline. Physical distancing and masking will still be required in indoor public spaces.?light of more targeted attacks in part attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and?the Christchurch mosque massacre.
Queenslanders have been asked to share their stories, confidentially if neededThe constitutional right to freedom of religion and peaceful assembly., before the submission deadline on 12 July.