• Fit for the Future: What are the facts?

    As you are no doubt aware, local councils are in the process of making submissions as to whether they are ‘Fit for the Future’ with IPART appointed by the state ...

Fit for the Future: What are the facts?

As you are no doubt aware, local councils are in the process of making submissions as to whether they are ‘Fit for the Future’ with IPART appointed by the state government to assess whether local councils should be merged. While IPART continues with its flawed assessment process, a Parliamentary Inquiry has been established in the […]

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PIC on blind reporting: ‘We didn’t ask so we don’t know’

Read the Newcastle Herald article here – Police Integrity Commission “lack of due diligence” – by Joanne McCarthy The Police Integrity Commission has released a statement that apparently confirms they did not do even the most basic due diligence in investigating evidence of police shredding child abuse material. Despite being given documentary evidence citing a Detective […]

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Campaign to save Wyong’s trees launched

A community campaign to save Wyong’s trees has been launched to overturn Wyong Council’s new policy of allowing all trees on residential land of less than 1500m2 to be cleared without first obtaining Council approval.  As reported by the Central Coast Advocate: The policy was introduced after the April storms on top of the State Government’s controversial 10/50 […]

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State or Federal, Liberal Governments reject human rights

The Government today objected to a parliamentary motion in what can only be described as a mindlessly partisan move following the federal Liberal Party’s open hostility towards the Australian Human Rights Commission. The motion by Greens MP David Shoebridge read: 1. That this House commends the work of: a) The Australian Human Rights Commission; and […]

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NSW Parliament supports HALC (HIV/AIDs Legal Centre)

Media release 24 June 2015 NSW Parliament today voted unanimously to support a motion by Greens MP David Shoebridge in support of the HIV/AIDs Legal Centre (HALC). This support is crucial in the closing days of HALC’s ’45 days, 45 lives’ funding raising campaign that closes on 29 June. You can donate here. The motion read: 1. That […]

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Operation Protea – Adjournment speech 23 June 2015

For more information and the original document, click here. [Uncorrected Hansard] Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE [6.56 p.m.]: I have spoken before in this place about Operation Protea, which is a Police Integrity Commission inquiry considering the role of police on the Catholic Church’s New South Wales Professional Standards Resource Group [PSRG] and the memorandums of understanding […]

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Environment and communities fall through the cracks as big developments fast tracked

Today’s budget announcement on planning will see communities and the environment bear the brunt of fast-tracked development under the Baird government’s plan to halve the assessment time for state significant development. The budget has allocated $16.9 million to halve the time that it takes to assess the largest and most controversial developments in NSW, with […]

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