2022 Special Commission of Inquiry into LGBTIQ hate crimes

In April 2022, the Governor signed Letters Patent to establish a Special Commission of Inquiry into LGBTIQ Hate Crimes and appoint the Honourable Justice John Sackar as its Commissioner.

The Inquiry is tasked with inquiring into the manner and cause of death in all unsolved suspected hate crime deaths in New South Wales between 1970 and 2010, where the victim was a member of the LGBTIQ community and the death was the subject of a previous investigation by the NSW Police Force.

The Inquiry will also examine the manner and cause of death in all cases that remain unsolved from the 88 deaths or suspected deaths considered by Strike Force Parrabell.

On the recommendation of Premier Dominic Perrottet, Her Excellency, the Honourable Margaret Beazley, Governor of NSW, has signed Letters Patent to establish the Inquiry and appoint the Honourable Justice John Sackar as its Commissioner.

Establishing a judicial inquiry or other form of expert review was a key recommendation of the final report of the Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues Inquiry into Gay and Transgender hate crimes between 1970 and 2010, tabled in May 2021.

The Commissioner is to have regard to findings of previous inquiries and reports, including the AIDS Council of New South Wales report, In Pursuit of Truth and Justice, when conducting the inquiry.

Justice Sackar will deliver a final report to the Governor on or before June 30, 2023.

Seeking support: ACON, QLife and Lifeline provide counselling services for LGBTIQ+ community members who have experienced violence, as well as survivors' friends and loved ones.

Please call: ACON on (02) 9206 2000, QLife on 1800 184 527, or Lifeline on 13 14 11.

For more information visit: acon.org.au/mentalhealthqlife.org.au or lifeline.org.au

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