Senator Sharon Keogan rips into the hate crime bill as poorly drafted, ill-conceived nonsense on stilts.
"It is equally a poisonous manifestation of identity politics. It is a shameful attempt to corrupt the existing criminal law with this toxic incoherent ideology for the sake of personal, political gain."
"The definition of a hate crime in section 1 reads: Hate crime includes any offence that is perceived by a victim or any other person to be wholly or partially motivated by prejudice against a relevant individual. This is a very problematic provision. It means that the accused must go into evidence having their privilege against self-incrimination and the right to remain silent brushed aside based on the subjective perception of the victim or any other person.