Queensland has become the first state in Australia to ban “fear mongering” in public spaces, after a group of local residents gathered at the State Parliament to demand that the Federal Government make it legal to speak out against hate crimes.
The event was organised by the “Queensland Anti-Bullying Coalition” to demand a ban on people speaking out against racism and xenophobia.
The group was protesting against an anti-racism rally being held at the National Library, which had the aim of educating people about racism.
The library has been accused of ignoring the rise of hate crimes in Queensland.
“People are getting killed in the streets of Brisbane, in the street of Brisbane and in the park, and we want to see that stopped,” said the group’s leader, Louise Naughton.
“We’re calling for the Federal government to pass the Racial Discrimination Act [in Queensland] and we’re calling on Queensland to pass its own laws.”
“The National Library has a history of hate speech and anti-Asian racism,” she said.
The group called for a ban of “fears monger” events, as well as anti-discrimination legislation, because the language used in the speech is often anti-Semitic. “
So why don’t they just listen to us?”
The group called for a ban of “fears monger” events, as well as anti-discrimination legislation, because the language used in the speech is often anti-Semitic.
Ms Naughson said she hoped the rally would inspire people to speak up and to bring a “new perspective”.
“We want to say, we’re not going to be silenced, we want this government to listen to what we’re saying,” she told the ABC.
“It’s not just for our community but for the wider community.”
The rally at the library was held on Sunday afternoon.
“There’s a new reality for a lot of people who are feeling marginalized,” she added.
“The community wants to say this is not happening here.
They want to be heard.”
‘Not a real problem’ The Federal Government has been criticized for not taking the issue of hate crime more seriously.
Ms Brown said it was the “right thing to do”.
“The law is there, and they’re just not taking it seriously enough,” she explained.
“And I think it’s really important that we have a national conversation about this.”
The Attorney-General’s Department declined to comment on the rally.
“Queers should be able to say whatever they want, however hateful, however offensive, however vile and discriminatory they wish,” a spokesperson said.