Frequently Asked Questions
What is Keep NSW Safe?
Keep NSW Safe is a coalition of community groups who have come 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:
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 Forum Council
Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations
Australian Hellenic Council of NSW
Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association
Australian Kurdistan Veteran (Peshmerga) Association
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
Federation of Indian Associations of NSW
Hindu Council of Australia
Indian Crescent Society of Australia
International Coptic Union
Korean Garden Task Force Committee
Korean Society of Sydney
Muslim Women Association
National Sikh Council of Australia Inc
NSW Council of Christians and Jews
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
Vietnamese Community in Australia – NSW Chapter
What is the coalition trying to achieve?
The Keep NSW Safe coalition wants NSW to be a safe place for all. We want to stem the tide of racially-motivated violence by making it against the law for individuals or groups to promote violence on the basis of race, colour, descent or national, ethnic or ethno-religious origin.
If this campaign is successful, will it limit freedom of speech in NSW?
This campaign is not about freedom of speech. It is about incitement to violence. The aim is make incitement to violence a crime and to remove such an offence from Section 20D of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act and place it in the Crimes Act.
Why should community groups and individuals get involved?
The law is ineffective; not a single person has been charged since it was introduced a quarter of a century ago. It needs to be fixed.
How can I help?
It will take just 30 seconds. Send a letter to your state MP, copying the Premier, via the www.keepnswsafe.com website and encourage family, friends and colleagues to do the same.
Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with the campaign and share it with your friends.
How do I contact the Keep NSW Safe coalition?
The spokesperson is Vic Alhadeff, who is at firstname.lastname@example.org