Inquiry into extremism in Victoria

Terms of Reference

Self-referenced by the Committee on 7 February 2022:

That the Legal and Social Issues Committee inquire into, consider and report, by 31 May 2022, on the following —

  1. the rise of the far-right extremist movements in Victoria in the context of —
    1.  social isolation and growing economic insecurity; 
    2. racist scapegoating;
    3. the role of mainstream and social media; 
    4. the distrust of governments and politicians;
  2. their methods of recruitment and communication;
  3. how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the growth of far-right extremism in the Victorian context;
  4. the risks their plans and actions pose to Victoria and especially to Victoria’s multicultural communities;
  5. the violent potential of these movements, including the potential for targeted violence against politicians and public figures;
  6. the links between far-right extremist groups, other forms of extremism, and populist radical right and anti-vaccine misinformation groups;
  7. what steps need to be taken in Victoria to counter these far-right extremist groups and their influence, including, but not limited to consideration of —
    1. the role of early intervention measures to diminish the recruitment and mobilisation prospects of far-right extremist groups;
    2. the role of social cohesion, greater civil engagement and empowerment, and community building programs;
    3. the submissions made to and, when tabled, the report by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s Inquiry into extremist movements and radicalism in Australia; and
  8. any other related matters.

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*The reporting date for this inquiry has been changed to 4 August 2022.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2022