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Operation Protea – Adjournment speech 23 June 2015

For more information and the original document, click here. [Uncorrected Hansard] Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE [6.56 p.m.]: I have spoken before in this place about Operation Protea, which is a Police Integrity Commission inquiry considering the role of police on the Catholic Church’s New South Wales Professional Standards Resource Group [PSRG] and the memorandums of understanding […]

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Profiting from child abuse

An opinion piece by David Shoebridge, originally published in the Newcastle Herald. TEN billion dollars is a lot of money. As it turns out, some corporations will do almost anything to access that kind of wealth, including the long-term mandatory detention of children seeking our country’s protection. Detention that we know will cause children irreparable […]

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EVENT The Joseph McCabe Lecture 2014

David Shoebridge MLC will deliver this year’s Joseph McCabe Lecture: ‘The Ellis Defence and Its Aftermath’. John Ellis is an abuse victim who attempted to sue the Catholic Church for compensation. He lost a High Court case with costs awarded against him. The Church’s argument was that the Church was an unincorporated association whose assets […]

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Operation Protea hearings: Day one

The first public hearing of the Police Integrity Commission “Operation Protea” today provided some idea of what was to come. The comprehensive opening statement from Counsel Assisting the Commission set out the scope of the inquiry as follows:  This is a public hearing under ss 32 and 33 of the Police Integrity Commission Act 1996 […]

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