Last year during the push to abolish the outdated ‘gay panic’ defence, 38,292 people signed our petition with Equality Australia calling for stronger protections against hate crimes for all marginalised South Australians.
We’re pleased that a Bill passed through the Legislative Council this week allowing prejudice or hatred toward a particular group of people to be considered as a factor in sentencing such hate crimes.
This includes hate crimes towards people based on factors such as their race, religion, age, disability, gender or gender expression, or intersex variation.
Thanks to Tammy Franks Greens MLC for introducing the Bill, and Attorney-General Vickie Chapman MP and Shadow Attorney-General Kyam Maher MLC who supported it.
We look forward to the Bill progressing to the Lower House, where it’s expected to pass thanks to the support of MPs across the political spectrum.