Keep NSW Safe

Keep NSW Safe is a coalition of 35 religious and cultural groups, and several high-profile individuals, who successfully campaigned to have the NSW State Government legislate against incitement to violence on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexuality and various other categories.

Under the leadership of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, the coalition was launched at a press conference in the NSW State Parliament in August 2016 to highlight the failure of Section 20d of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act to take action against the above offences. The trigger was a speech by the spiritual leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir on the streets of Sydney, calling for death to the Jews. The coalition ran a multi-faceted campaign comprising media interviews and dozens of meetings with members of parliament and political leaders. NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive officer Vic Alhadeff served as the spokesperson for the campaign.

In June 2018 NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman took the proposed Bill to parliament to 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 unopposed through both houses of parliament and the new law is now Section 93Z of the NSW Crimes Act. See www.keepnswsafe.com.

Keep NSW Safe spokesperson Vic Alhadeff reading the coalition's request at NSW Parliament House in August 2016.