Frequently Asked Questions
What is Keep NSW Safe?
Keep NSW Safe is a coalition of community groups who came together to urge the NSW parliament to enact legislation that would make it illegal to incite violence against others based on race, colour, descent or national, ethnic or ethno-religious origin.
Who are the coalition partners?
Our coalition is growing, the current partners are:
Australian African Advocacy Centre (AAAC)
Anooshe Mushtaq, Counter Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism Research Fellow
Armenian National Committee of Australia
Assyrian Australian National Federation (AANF)
Australian – Cook Islands Community Council (NSW)
Australian Egyptian Council Forum
Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations
Australian Hellenic Council of NSW
Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association
Australian Kurdistan Veteran (Peshmerga) Association
Australian Macedonian Council of NSW Inc
Australian National Imams Council
Australian South Sea Islanders (Port Jackson)
Basmala Australia Inc
Cambodian-Australian Welfare Council of NSW Inc
Chinese Australian Forum
Chinese Australian Services Society Ltd
Community of Southern Sudanese and Other Marginalised Area (CSSOMA) Inc. NSW
Federation of Indian Associations of NSW
Hindu Council of Australia
Indian Crescent Society of Australia
International Coptic Union
Justice Peace Office – Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
Korean Garden Task Force Committee
Korean Society of Sydney
Muslim Women Association
National Sikh Council of Australia Inc
NSW Council of Christians and Jews Inc
NSW Jewish Board of Deputies
NSW Council for Pacific Communities
Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO
Philippine Community Council of NSW, Inc.
Sikh Youth Australia
South Asia Study Group, University of Sydney
Sydney Kachin Community
Vietnamese Community in Australia – NSW Chapter
Youth HEAR (Holocaust, Education and Remembrance)
What did the coalition achieve?
The coalition successfully campaigned to make it illegal in NSW to promote or incite violence on the basis race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex or HIV/AIDS status.
Does the outcome limit freedom of speech in NSW?
The campaign was not about freedom of speech. It was about making incitement to violence a crime by moving it from Section 20D of the NSW Anti-Discrimination act and placing it within the Crimes Act.
Why should community groups and individuals get involved?
Our campaign was successful because our coalition was a diverse collection of communities and individuals working for the common good. Although the campaign has concluded, the coalition is still in place and may work together in the future.
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