Racial vilification and NRL

Published on 02/07/2012

The Chief Executive of Qld Ruby League and Commissioner Kevin Cocks have called on all supporters of rugby league to ensure the final match in this year's State of Origin series is a positive experience for all players and supporters.

Racial vilification has no place in Origin

Robert Moore , Chief Executive of Queensland Ruby League and Kevin Cocks, Queensland's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner have called upon all supporters of Rugby League and the State of Origin to ensure the final match in this year's the State of origin series to be a positive experience for all players and supporters, and have stated that there should be no  tolerance of  racial vilification.

Unfortunately, there were reports of anti-social behaviour at the last origin game, with some members of the crowd participating in making racially vilifying comments Mr Moore said. This is not something we want to see at the final match in this year's Origin or any other rugby league match in Queensland.

Racial Vilification is against the law in Queensland, and QRL and the Anti -Discrimination Commission are working together to make sure the sporting arena is not a place where this type of conduct will be tolerated Mr Cocks said.

We will be reminding all those who attend State of Origin,  that racial vilification is not a part of Queensland's sporting culture, and that if anyone observes any anti social conduct of this kind, they are encouraged to  report it to stadium security immediately, said Mr Moore.

The Anti-Discrimination Act 1991(the Act) prohibits public acts of racial hatred.

Racial vilification occurs if a person, by a public act, incites hatred towards, serious contempt for, or severe ridicule of a person or group of people on the grounds of their race.

Public acts can include any form of communication to the public including by speaking, writing, printing, displaying notices, broadcasting, telecasting, screening or playing of tapes or other recorded material, or by electronic means.

A public act can also be any conduct that is observable by the public, including actions, gestures and the wearing or display of clothing, signs, flags, emblems or insignia.

If a person believes they have been vilified on the basis of their race they have a right to make a complaint to the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland.

Sport is all about fair play, playing by the rules, and having a positive experience.   Vilification and discrimination have no place in the sporting arena.  We can make sure that  that the upcoming Origin match is  a great contest, with great crowd participation, and a positive experience for all involved.


  • Commissioner Kevin Cocks | Media contact: Mackayla Jeffries on 07 3247 0920 | TTY 1300 130 680
  • Chief Executive QRL Robert Moore