Submissions for the Social Issues Committee Inquiry into Gay and Transgender Hate Crimes between 1970 and 2010 are now open. You can now make a submission via the Parliaments Committee website. 

If you could like to make a submission please click here. Please click here to view the Media Release regarding the re-establishment of the inquiry. 

The Terms of Reference for the re-established inquiry are as follows: 

Terms of reference

1. That with reference to the May 2018 report of ACON In Pursuit of Truth and Justice and the progress
made by NSW Police through Strike Force Parrabell, the Standing Committee on Social Issues inquire
into and report on the response to Gay and Transgender hate crimes between 1970 and 2010 and
current developments in policy and practice in relation to such crimes, and in particular:

(a) the violent crimes committed in New South Wales between 1970 and 2010 where the victim
of that crime was a member of the LGBTIQ community and where the relevant crime was the
subject of a report to the NSW Police Force, including:

(i) whether there existed impediments within the criminal justice system that impacted the
protection of LGBTIQ people in New South Wales and the delivery of justice to victims
of LGBTIQ hate crimes and their families, with reference to case studies of particular
matters including but not limited to Alan Rosendale, Scott Johnson, John Russell and Ross

(ii) to the extent that past impediments are identified, how effectively these have been
addressed by current policy and practice,

(b) in relation to LGBTIQ hate crimes more generally:

(i) what role the so-called 'gay panic' defence played in the culture of LGBTIQ hate crimes
between 1970 and 2010, and

(ii) how the so-called 'Gay panic' defence impacted the delivery of justice and the treatment
of Gay men during LGBTIQ hate crime investigations and court proceedings, and
(c) any other related matter.

2. That the minutes of proceedings, evidence, all papers, documents, reports and records received by
the Standing Committee on Social Issues during its inquiry into Gay and Transgender hate crimes
between 1970 and 2010 in the previous parliament, be referred to the Standing Committee on
Social Issues.

For more information on this inquiry or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on [email protected] or my office on 02 9230 2434.