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Busting the Budget – a How to Guide

Much of the public debate on the senate “blocking supply” or busting the budget suggests that it is an all or nothing tactic. However this is not the case. The Senate can carefully cherry-pick the elements in the budget that it demands be amended and force the Abbott government to either accept those amendments or […]

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Abbott’s Royal Commission – targeting unions and protecting corrupt corporations

The Abbott Government has labelled its Royal Commission into Union Governance and Corruption a “war on corruption” but in reality it’s deliberately ignoring the underlying source of corruption in the building industry – dodgy private contractors and developers. Abbott’s terms of reference have been carefully designed to shield the construction industry from scrutiny, despite past history proving that the […]

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Law and Order Auction bizarrely sees mandatory sentencing “passed in”

The Government today indicated it would not support passage of its own mandatory sentencing laws following amendments adopted in the Legislative Council.  The amendments proposed by Labor obtained the support of the Greens and the Shooters MPs and would go some way in lessening the harsh impact of the Government’s mandatory sentencing regime. They effectively […]

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Mandatory sentencing will see even more Aboriginal people in jail

With Parliament resuming this week one of the biggest issues set to be debated is the Government’s proposed mandatory sentencing legislation. David recently hosted a roundtable discussion with John McKenzie, Chief Legal Officer at the Aboriginal Legal Service and Craig Longman, Senior Researcher at Jumbunna House of Learning to discuss mandatory sentencing and the disproportionate […]

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Mandatory sentencing: an expensive, ineffective and discriminatory answer to alcohol fuelled violence

The O’Farrell government’s proposed mandatory sentencing laws for alcohol related violence will see the NSW prison system literally overwhelmed, facing a 50% increase in the prisoner numbers and costing the NSW State government billions of dollars to implement. This is all for a policy that has been a proven failure in deterring crime in every […]

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Mandatory Sentencing Video

An expensive, ineffective and discriminatory answer to alcohol fuelled violence. The O’Farrell government’s proposed mandatory sentencing laws for alcohol related violence will see the NSW prison system literally overwhelmed, facing a 50% increase in the prisoner numbers and costing the NSW State government billions of dollars to implement. This is all for a policy that […]

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Parliamentary inquiry into the Bowraville murders

Yesterday in the NSW Upper House David moved a motion for an inquiry by the Law and Justice Committee into the Bowraville murders. The motion is as follows: That the Standing Committee on Law and Justice inquire into and report on the community response to the murders in Bowraville of Colleen Walker-Craig, Evelyn Greenup and […]

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The silent running of the lawyers

There are reports in today’s Daily Telegraph of a highly unusual development in police stations across NSW –lawyers running out of police stations, or not turning up when called, in order to avoid their client being captured by the O’Farrell Government’s removal of the right to silence. Under the Government’s laws, a court can be […]

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