If the Criminal Code (Serious Vilification and Hate Crimes) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 passes, our fundamental right to express our opinions freely will be terminated.
The Queensland Labor government is pushing to criminalise the expression of opinions deemed ‘offensive’ on social media, with penalties of up to three years in jail.
This means that I could be sent to prison for writing the article that I sent on earlier today. You, or people you know, could be arrested for posting memes that satirise gender ideology on Facebook, or uploading a video to Twitter or Tiktok in which you state that a person with a penis cannot be a woman.
Because the draft law covers online commentary, it could apply to anyone in Australia, not just Queensland.