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Media release: Kids more important than confessionals

Key recommendations from the child abuse Royal Commission handed down today outline essential criminal justice reforms required to provide justice for victims. Something is wrong in our criminal justice system when the defendant was not convicted of any child sexual assault charge in over half of finalised prosecutions. Given the immense trauma of the court […]

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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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Silence is not the answer to another death in custody

Media release 19 July 2017 A 35 year old Kamilaroi man is the most recent Aboriginal death in custody in NSW. His death has not been publicly acknowledged by the NSW Government and his family are demanding answers. News of the death follows the recent release of BOCSAR figures showing that more Aboriginal people are facing […]

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Aboriginal incarceration figures a growing shame

Today’s BOCSAR release on Aboriginal incarceration in NSW shows a system in growing crisis, where Aboriginal people consistently fare worse than they have in the past. The report shows that more Aboriginal people are facing our courts, and a greater percentage of those facing court are receiving a custodial sentence. Time in custody is also […]

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Treaty Now Petition

  Our Treaty Now stickers have been hugely popular, and we’ve seen them gracing car bumpers, computers and front doors all the way from Redfern out to Wilcannia, up to the Northern Territory and in Victoria and South Australia. If you’d like to support the campaign for a treaty with our first peoples, and show […]

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Pell has been charged, the Vatican’s immunity must now end

With Cardinal George Pell today charged with multiple counts of historic child sex abuse, the Greens are renewing the call for Australia to end its diplomatic protection of the Vatican. Greens MP’s have written to the Federal, NSW and Victorian Attorney Generals urging them to implement an extradition treaty with the Vatican and put an […]

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Death of Stephen Smith

Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE ( 19:42 ): At 3.45 a.m. on 5 October 1995 tragedy struck the small township of Werris Creek, just south of Tamworth. Stephen Smith, known to his friends as Whiffy, was struck and killed by a northbound freight train. Since that time Stephen’s family and friends have been searching for answers. Stephen’s death […]

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Motor Accident Injuries Bill 2017

Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE ( 18:01 ): On behalf of The Greens I indicate that we support the Motor Accident Injuries Bill 2017. Some people might find The Greens support for this bill surprising, given the strong opposition The Greens have had to the two previous efforts by the Government to reform the compulsory third party […]

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Fines Amendment Bill 2017

Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE: I note the offensive interjection from the former Government Whip. The object of the bill is to amend the Fines Act 1996 to allow the Commissioner of Fines Administration: (a)to take civil enforcement action against a fine defaulter who is an individual without first suspending or cancelling the fine defaulter’s driver licence […]

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