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‘It does not relate to free speech’, Premier explains proposed new anti-discrimination laws

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says freedom of speech won’t be affected by proposed new anti-discrimination laws.

Under the changes, people who threaten or incite violence against others based on race, religion or sexuality could be jailed for up to three years.

The Premier tells Ben Fordham this is what the community’s been asking for.

“We’ve listened to what the community have been telling us, we’ve listened to what many experts and commentators in this area have been telling us.”

She insists the proposed new laws, announced by the Attorney-General Mark Speakman today, won’t hit freedom of speech.

“It does not relate to free speech, whether or not you like what someone has to say, they’re entitled to say it.”

2GB’s Ray Hadley broke the news about the suggested reforms earlier today.

State of Origin is also on the Premier’s mind.

Sick of hoisting the Queensland flag atop the Harbour Bridge, Ms Berejiklian has a new plan at the ready should NSW lose the series.

“I said to my team, let’s not have the same bet we have every year… what we’ve decided this year is each of us choose a surf lifesaving club.”

The Premier has chosen Manly to host the Queensland flag should we lose.

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