Queenslanders will be asked to speak up about horrific experiences of hate crimes and vilification as part of an inquiry launched to investigate if the state’s laws are strong enough.
Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said Queenslanders would be given the opportunity to have their say.
“(The committee will) consider the impacts of serious vilification and hate crimes on a wide range of groups, including women, people with a disability, older people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and the LGBTIQ+ community,” she said.
“The committee will review and investigate our existing laws, to determine whether they are operating effectively, consistent with community expectations and whether they are suitable to deal with modern challenges, such as online vilification.”
In Queensland, it is not illegal to own or display hateful material such as the Nazi swastika and gaps in hate crime laws have been blamed for low levels of reporting.