Tag Archives | Aboriginal justice

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 […]

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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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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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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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NSW Parliament endorses Uluru Statement from the Heart

NSW Parliament endorses Uluru Statement from the Heart In a symbolic moment for reconciliation the NSW Parliament has today formally supported the “Uluru Statement from the Heart.” The motion was moved by Greens MP David Shoebridge and all parties in Parliament today agreed to work in good faith to deliver the statements’ principles and intentions. […]

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State Crime Command will investigate Mark Haines’ death

The NSW Police have today announced that the State Crime Command will review the case of murdered Aboriginal 17 year old Mark Haines. This announcement comes on the 29th anniversary of Mark’s death as his family and supporters joined with Greens MP David Shoebridge to protest the lack of police action at Tamworth Police station. […]

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Bill to close CNS loophole

Today we gave notice of a bill that would require the Custody Notification Service (CNS) to be notified every time an Aboriginal person is detained. This was a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Currently there is only a requirement to notify where a person is arrested and charged, and in […]

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