Stronger Punishment Proposed For Gay Hate Crimes In NSW

The New South Wales state government has announced new stronger penalties for people who incite or threaten violence against anyone based on their gender, sexuality, race or religion.

Replacing the current law that punishes people with a six-month prison term, the proposed new law would see those in breach face up to three years imprisonment and an $11,000 fine.

Attorney General Mark Speakman yesterday said that the proposed new laws sent a “very clear message” that inciting violence would not be tolerated. “People who incite violence are a threat to community safety.”

“If passed, these laws will help protect individuals and groups from being targeted by cowards who seek to cause physical harm to innocent people.”

“We’re not saying people can’t have opinions or express their views, but if they cross the line into threatening and inciting violence they will not go unpunished.”

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