Attorney General and Justice

NSW urgently needs a Bill of Rights to ensure our civil liberties are given proper protection under law. This will put NSW on equal footing with many other jurisdictions who have already adopted similar legislation; including the UK, Canada and New Zealand.

Human rights are necessary for people to live lives of dignity and value and are essential to a democratic and inclusive society. They should be set down in a properly legal form so that individuals and authorities know what their rights and obligations are and so they are included in the development and interpretation of legislation. While Australia is now the only western nation not to have a Bill of Rights, the ACT and Victoria have each enacted a Bill of Rights within their own jurisdiction.

Read The draft Bill of Rights for NSW.

Download the 10 Myths about a Bill of Rights… and Why They Are Wrong fact sheet.

David is also working to repeal draconian amendments to the bail laws by both the Liberal and Labor parties that weaken the presumption of innocence, along with a raft of other ‘law and order’ legislation that targets young people, people of ‘middle eastern’ backgrounds and disadvantaged groups.

We must work towards addressing the systemic causes of crime, by creating better educational opportunities and better drug rehabilitation, rather than pouring money into new prisons.

Find out what David’s been doing in parliament to address Justice issues.

Read more on The Greens NSW Justice Policies.

Media release: 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 […]

Media release: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Justice for Victims in Bathurst

Last night in Bathurst we hosted a meeting with the local community to address their concerns about the lack of a Royal Commission hearing in the area, especially as this relates to the sexual abuse of boys at St Stanislaus College. There was strong agreement at the meeting that the Church and school leadership has […]

Making them answer for their sins

Australia allows the Catholic Church to protect sexual predators, and any information the church holds on its own illegal activity, from the law. We let it do this by granting protections afforded to no other religious group. It is time this ended. In 1973 the Australian government granted the Vatican (called the Holy See in […]