• Labor votes to protect anti-discrimination laws
• Government ignored broad range of voices
• No place for hate speech, especially in the middle of marriage equality debate

Labor is proud of the constructive role we played in protecting Tasmania’s anti-discrimination laws.

Shadow Attorney-General Lara Giddings said today’s vote helped to close the door on hate speech in Tasmania.

“In the midst of a national debate around marriage equality, the last thing we should do is send a message that hateful speech is acceptable simply because of your religion,” Ms Giddings said.

“The Legislative Council has done the right thing by protecting our anti-discrimination laws from the Liberals’ attempt to water them down.

“The Government ignored a broad range of community voices, including the Children’s Commissioner who was opposed to the change.

“Mark Morrissey said he was worried It would “send a message to the wider community that it’s OK and acceptable to say upsetting things about or to a child who is perceived as being different.”

“The Liberals are completely out of touch on this issue.

“This is not about free speech, free speech is alive and well. These laws are about protecting people from hate speech and Labor is proud to help keep them intact.”
Lara Giddings MP, Shadow Attorney-General