who we are

We are a community organisation seeking to counteract hate with kindness. With every act of public hate speech we give you the opportunity to donate directly to communities experiencing acts of hate.

Like many people, we used to think there wasn’t much we could do to stop or discourage hate speech at the local level. Don’t Hate Mate is a practical way of sending a message to people who use hate speech to tell them that we don’t accept what they are doing. Through Don’t Hate Mate people can make donations to assist victims of hate speech. We also hope to discourage people from engaging in acts of hate speech when they learn their actions are resulting in raising money for the very group they are inciting hatred against.

Don’t Hate Mate is not pro any particular group or religion,
we are simply anti-hate!

Donations will be made to groups as an act of kindness and as way of balancing out the hate.

Please see our Campaigns page to learn more.

Our Aim

We’re a group of people concerned about the widespread impacts of hate speech on particular communities. We believe counteracting hate with kindness can bring about positive change and that’s why we’ve adopted this very simple idea.

The concept is based on a project first developed in Germany where a group of community members tired of hate speech in their community started a campaign; for every public or online demonstration of hate, money was raised and donated directly to organisations trying to stop young people from being recruited into Far Right Wing organisations using hate speech.

Since its launch in 2014, thousands of Euros have been raised: https://www.hasshilft.de/

We invite contributors to donate towards communities that are victims of hate speech as a practical way of discouraging hate in our community.

Whilst all levels of government have expressed in principle support for our campaign, we remain an independent group funded solely through
community donations.

Our first campaign focuses on the ongoing protests surrounding the building of a Mosque in Bendigo. The campaign is not based on supporting a particular religion. It is based on supporting an individuals right to follow
a particular religion.

What is Hate Speech

Hate speech is understood as speech or an expression that is capable of instilling or inciting hatred of (or prejudice towards) a person or group of people on a specified ground.

It includes acts of protest that are intended to instil or incite hatred, without necessarily involving spoken or written speech. People can incite hatred against others by standing in particular place, wearing particular clothes
and waving a particular object. In that sense they don’t have to actually ‘say’ anything for people to know what they mean.

Hate speech laws are usually directed to vilification on the grounds of race, nationality, ethnicity, country of origin, ethno-religious identity, religion or sexuality. It is universally agreed that hate speech poses an important human rights problem and it is now prohibited in International law
(International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 19; International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Article 4).

The Australian constitutional context is unique because unlike most other western democracies we don’t have a national bill of rights. Legislation is varied across different states and is often dealt with by administrative bodies rather than criminal courts. This can make it harder to police hate speech.

The Victorian Racial and Religious Tolerance Act (, 2002) states that:

‘A person must not, on the ground of the religious belief or activity of another person or class of persons, engage in conduct that incites hatred against, serious contempt for, or revulsion or severe ridicule of, that other person or class of persons.

Note: “engage in conduct”; includes use of the Internet or e-mail to publish or transmit statements or other material.’

What is Freedom oF Speech

People engaging in hate speech often claim they are operating under
‘freedom of speech’.

However unless the action, spoken or written, fits the criteria below it is not covered by freedom of speech legislation.

Concessions under freedom of speech are clearly outlined in the
The Victorian Racial and Religious Act:

‘A person does not contravene section 7 or 8 if the person establishes that the person’s conduct was engaged in reasonably and in good faith -

(a) in the performance, exhibition or distribution of an artistic work;

or

(b) in the course of any statement, publication, discussion or debate made or held, or any other conduct engaged in, for:

• any genuine academic, artistic, religious or scientific purpose; or

• any purpose that is in the public interest;

or

(c) in making or publishing a fair and accurate report of any event or
matter of public interest.’

We believe in free speech and are using it to run these campaigns against hate speech.