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Grill the Ministers at Budget Estimates

It has been a busy year in NSW Parliament, and once again budget estimates are almost upon us. Hearings will be from Thursday 31 August to Friday 8 September 2017. We’d love to hear your thoughts about issues to raise and potential questions to ask. Budget Estimates happen once a year and are one of […]

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NSW prisons are fundamentally failing to rehabilitate inmates

In a damning report the NSW Auditor General has found that NSW jails are systemically failing in their responsibility to rehabilitate prisoners. Critical findings include that 75% of inmates who needed access to rehabilitation programs were not given a chance to complete them before their release. The failure to provide even rudimentary rehabilitation programs to […]

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Media release: Rising prison assaults a symptom

Media release 30 January 2017 Rising prison assaults a symptom Statistics released by BOCSAR today show that years of law and order auctions and backward State bail laws have led to a prison system that is overcrowded, failing to rehabilitate inmates and just plain unsafe. The data shows that over the last two years there […]

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Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Amendment Bill 2016 [Legislation Debate]

This speech was delivered on 11.10.2016 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the full debate online here.  On behalf of The Greens I speak to the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Amendment Bill 2016. The Greens do not oppose this bill. It makes a number of minor amendments to update terminology, to consolidate powers […]

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Private Prisons

This speech was delivered on 20.09.2016 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the original contribution here. The United States of America leads the world in many ways. One of those is in jailing its own, with the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world. Of course, that surge started with the Reagan administration’s […]

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