Report No. 22, 57th Parliament - Inquiry into serious vilification and hate crimes

Committee's report

The committee tabled its Report No. 22, 57th Parliament - Inquiry into serious vilification and hate crimes on 31 January 2022.

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About the Inquiry

On 21 April 2021 the Legislative Assembly agreed:

  1. That the Legal Affairs and Safety Committee inquire into and report to the Legislative Assembly on the:
    1. nature and extent of hate crimes and serious vilification in Queensland and whether there is evidence of increasing instances of serious vilification in Queensland
    2. effectiveness of section 131A of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (the Act) and other existing Queensland laws responding to hate crimes.
  2. That the committee consider the:
    1. Options Paper: Serious vilification and hate crime: The need for legislative reform
    2. interaction of Queensland and Commonwealth legislation in relation to online vilification
    3. effectiveness of activities and programs of the Queensland Government (including the Queensland Police Service and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions) and the Commonwealth Government responding to hate crime, including record keeping practices
    4.   Human Rights Act 2019 (HR Act) and any rights which are engaged by the current law and any proposals for reform, including a human rights analysis under section 13 of the HR Act for any recommended legislative amendments, as well as constitutional limitations
    5. current legal framework and relevant reports, reviews and inquires in other Australian and international jurisdictions
    6. appropriateness of the conciliation-based anti-discrimination framework (s 124A of the Act).
  3. That the committee report to the Legislative Assembly by 31 January 2022.

Further information

Further information including written briefings from the department, the response to submissions, transcripts from proceedings and answers to questions taken on notice are under the Related Publications tab.


Submissions closed:22 October 2021 - See ‘View submissions’ tab. Click here to view video submissions. 
Public briefing:24 May 2021 - program - broadcast - transcript
Public hearings:3 September 2021 - program - broadcast - transcript
 9 September 2021 - program - broadcast -  transcript
 10 September 2021 - program - broadcast - transcript
 15 October 2021 - program - broadcast - transcript
Report tabled:31 January 2022 - Report 
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