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Labor fumbles on mandatory minimums

Labor has fumbled on the issue of alcohol-fuelled violence spectacularly. While helping to generate the media storm around alcohol related violence, Opposition leader John Robertson repeatedly challenged Premier Barry O’Farell into supporting ineffective “tough on crime” legislation, leading to the Liquor Amendment Bill 2014 and Crimes and Other Legislation Amendment (Assault and Intoxication) Bill 2014. […]

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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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EVENT Lunchtime Public Forum on Mandatory Sentencing

1pm – 2pm Wednesday 29 January 2013 Theatrette NSW Parliament House Macquarie Street Speakers include: Nicholas Cowdery, former Director of Public Prosecutions and former President of the International Association of Prosecutors. Stephen Odgers, Chair, Criminal Law Committee, NSW Bar Association since 2002 Stephen Blanks, Council for Civil Liberties This legislation, if it is successful, will substantially […]

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EVENT Protest the O’Farrell Government’s ineffective & unfair mandatory sentencing laws & arbitrary lockouts

The O’Farrell Government has not consulted on these laws and wants to push them through proper scrutiny.  These laws: –        Won’t work to address the causes of alcohol fuelled violence –        Will see thousands of people locked up each year for minor offenses at enormous social & economic cost  (mandatory sentencing is proven not to […]

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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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Organ harvesting law reform: report released

The NSW Greens are today formally releasing the report on a draft organ trafficking law called the Human Tissue Amendment (Trafficking in Human Organs) Bill 2013. The Greens are currently proposing law reform to create specific offenses of receiving harvested or trafficked organs within NSW or overseas. Such law reform could highlight the injustice of the global […]

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Voices from Bowraville to be heard

A public inquiry into the community’s response to the murder of three young people in the Aboriginal community of Bowraville in 1990 – 1991 will be held in the coming year. Members of the NSW Parliament have today voted in favour of the motion put forward by Greens MP and spokesperson on justice, David Shoebridge. […]

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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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