Tag Archives | Juvenile Justice

The need for Bail Act reform in NSW

Bail is meant to guarantee that a defendant, who has not been found guilty of a crime, turns up to court for their trial. It is not meant to be denied to people as a form of pre-trial punishment and it is not meant to be a complicated Supreme Court trial.

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O’Farrell’s ineffective graffiti legislation

Legislation passing through the NSW Parliament that sends more children to court for graffiti will do nothing to reduce graffiti and is a step backwards, according to the Greens NSW and the submission of the Law Society of NSW. This legislation will push more children into our courts system and is not supported by any […]

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Armenian Genocide and Nagorno Karabakh

The following is an adjournment speech delivered by David on 23 August 2011. The text is also available on the Parliament website here. The Armenian Genocide was the first genocide of the twentieth century. In 1944 Raphael Lemkin coined the term “genocide”, invoking the Armenian case as a definitive example of genocide. Out of an […]

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Public Prosecutor defends flawed Bail Act

The newly appointed Director of Public Prosecutions (“DPP”) is the only one, from more than a dozen submissions on bail law reform to the NSW Law Reform Commission, who does not support the repeal of the notorious Section 22A which has been responsible for a large spike in juveniles and adults being locked up in […]

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No End in Sight for Children in NSW Prisons

Government estimates released to the Greens in response to questions on notice to the Attorney General have revealed that the number of young people in gaols in NSW is expected to remain at record high levels until at least 2013, at an average of over 400 young people per day. Attorney General Greg Smith’s rhetoric […]

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Review of the Bail Act long overdue

Responding to news that the Government has ordered a comprehensive review of the Bail Act, Greens NSW MP David Shoebridge has said the review needs to address the systematic failure of the current bail system. “A review of the Bail Act is long overdue. The cost of the current bail system is unsustainable and the […]

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Sending young people to court a waste of money

The Greens NSW have criticised plans by the government to send juveniles engaging in street art and graffiti to appear before the courts. According to NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge these plans will put more people into the justice system and likely be a waste of public resources. Sydney Morning Herald | Daily Telegraph “Less […]

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MR: Locking up children just doesn’t add up

Greens MP and Police and Juvenile Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge today called on Police Minister Michael Daley to give further details on incidents of police assaults on young people, and demanded immediate action. The information was revealed in answers to Questions on Notice asked by Mr Shoebridge in Budget Estimates last month. (Daily Telegraph 18/10/10 […]

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NSW child gaol rate four times Victorian rate

Question: “Minister, can you please explain what is so different about New South Wales, particularly our children, that your Government jails our children at more than four times the rate than they do just across the border in Victoria?” David Shoebridge Greens MLC and spokesperson for Juvenile Justice

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