Skip to content
Crime, General News

Final public hearing at NSW gay hate crimes Inquiry

Special Commission of Inquiry in LGBTIQ hate crimes 2 mins read

The Special Commission of Inquiry into LGBTIQ hate crimes (the Inquiry) will hold its final public sitting tomorrow, Tuesday 14 November 2023, in Sydney.

Led by the Honourable Justice John Sackar (the Commissioner), the Inquiry has looked into all the unsolved deaths of LGBTIQ people (or people presumed to be LGBTIQ) that may have been hate crimes between 1970 and 2010. The final report will be handed to the NSW Governor by 15 December 2023.

For the last eighteen months, a team of independent barristers, solicitors and investigators have combed through more than 150,000 documents drawn from 40 years of police files, coronial files, and other sources in relation to LGBTIQ hate-related deaths.

In a series of public hearings, the deaths of 32 people have been examined. Counsel Assisting has made detailed submissions in every case, including recommendations as to the finding which the Commissioner should make as to the manner and cause of each death.

The Inquiry also looked at social, legal and cultural factors affecting the LGBTIQ community. It has heard from historians, advocates, writers, and others with lived experience of the period, including experience of the violence against the LGBTIQ community during that time.

Also under the spotlight has been the nature of the relationship between the LGBTIQ community and the NSW Police Force over the 40-year period, including the police response to violence and deaths suspected of being hate crimes.

At the final sitting, Senior Counsel Assisting Peter Gray will deliver a closing address to the Commissioner.

There will be no other appearances, evidence, or testimony on this occasion.

The final sitting will commence at 10.30am at the Chief Secretary’s Building, Level 2, 121 Macquarie Street, Sydney and is open to the public. It will also be livestreamed on the homepage of the Inquiry’s website: The Special Commission of Inquiry into LGBTIQ hate crimes | The Special Commission of Inquiry (

More information about past hearings, including transcripts and videos, can be found on the Inquiry’s website.

Journalists wishing to cover the hearing in person should notify the Inquiry’s media team to ensure access to the media room and/or relevant information including the transcript.


Seeking support

The following services provide counselling for LGBTIQ community members who have experienced violence, as well as friends and loved ones:


Ph: (02) 9206 2000


Ph: 1800 184 527


Ph: 13 14 11



Media seeking further information can visit the Inquiry website or contact the

Senior Media Adviser at




More from this category

  • General News
  • 25/06/2024
  • 00:07


WarpSPEE3D to Print NAB Parts On-Site at RAPID + TCT in Los AngelesLos Angeles, California, June 24, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SPEE3D, a leading global additive manufacturing company, announced the release of a new material for its patented Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing (CSAM) technology. The company has developed a commercially available Nickel Aluminium Bronze Expeditionary (NAB Expeditionary) material, designed to be field-deployed and enable production of parts in hours, not days.NAB Expeditionary is a high-strength, corrosion-resistant alloy primarily known for its lubricity, resistance to cavitation damage, and stress corrosion cracking. It is predominantly composed of copper, but with significant amounts…

  • General News
  • 24/06/2024
  • 19:22
China UnionPay

“Exchanging Trash for Dreams”: China UnionPay leverages art show to promote ecological preservation for China’s “water tower”

CHENGDU, China, June 24, 2024 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– On June 5, an art exhibition titled “Exchanging Trash for Dreams”opened in Harvest Moon Art Centre in Chengdu,…

  • General News, Indigenous
  • 24/06/2024
  • 10:00
Australian National Maritime Museum

Keep the fire burning! Blak, loud and proud: Celebrate NAIDOC Week at the Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian National Maritime Museum will be kicking off NAIDOC Week 2024 with a Family Fun Day on Sunday July 7th, honouring the theme for 2024, ‘Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud’. NAIDOC Week gives all Australians a chance to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Visit the Museum to celebrate the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth, explore stories and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and learn more about the traditional owners of the land and waters of our nation. The Museum will host a…

  • Contains:

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.