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Keep NSW Safe – a success story

The NSW Government has an obligation to protect all citizens against those who incite violence.

Keep NSW Safe is a coalition of over 40 religious and cultural groups and high-profile individuals who successfully lobbied the New South Wales government to make incitement to violence a crime.

The coalition was formed in August 2016 with the objective of reforming Section 20d of the NSW Anti Discrimination Act and making incitement to violence on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexuality and a number of other categories a crime.

Keep NSW Safe ran a strong media campaign, as well as holding over 150 meetings with members of parliament, political leaders, think tanks and NGOs. In June 2018 NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman announced that he would bring a Bill to parliament that would make it a crime to “publicly threaten or incite violence” on the grounds of race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex or HIV/AIDS status. The Bill passed unanimously through both houses of parliament.

Keep NSW Safe is an outstanding example of intercultural coalition-building in action. It demonstrates that working together for the common good can have a tangible, positive impact for all the people of NSW.

The campaign was spearheaded by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, with its then-CEO, Vic Alhadeff, serving as spokesperson for Keep NSW Safe. New CEO Darren Bark now serves as spokesperson.


African Australian Advocacy Centre
Anooshe Mushtaq
Armenian National Committee of Australia
Assyrian Australian National Federation (AANF)
Australian - Cook Islands Community Council (NSW)
Australian Egyptian Council Forum
Australian Federation of Ukranian Organisations
Australian Hellenic Council NSW
Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association
Australian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association
Australian Kurdistan Veteran Association
Australian Macedonian Council of NSW
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
The Community of Southern Sudanese And Other Marginalised Area (CSSOMA) INC. NSW
Federation of Indian Associations of NSW
Ghana Association of NSW
The Greek Australian Society
Hindu Council of Australia
Hindu Council of Australia
Indian Crescent Society of Australia
International Coptic Union
Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney - Justice Peace Office
Korean Garden Task Force Committee & Korean Society of Sydney
Muslim Women Association
Muslim Women Association
National Sikh Council of Australia
NSW Council of Christians and Jews Inc
NSW Jewish Board of Deputies
NSW Jewish Board of Deputies
NSW Council for Pacific Communities
Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO
Philippine Community Council of NSW
Sikh Youth Australia
South Asia Study Group, University of Sydney
Sydney Kachin Community

United Igbo
Australia Incorporated

United Igbo Australia Incorporated

Vietnamese Community in Australia - NSW Chapter
Youth HEAR
Youth HEAR
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