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Government way out of line with mandatory sentencing

The government has pushed through legislation to introduce mandatory sentencing for those found guilty of murdering police officers. This legislation has no basis in evidence and is simply part of the Coalition’s aggressive law and order campaign, according to Greens NSW police spokesperson David Shoebridge. “The death of any police officer is an absolute tragedy. […]

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Union right to prosecute retained

The Coalition’s intention to severely undermine workplace safety in NSW was dealt a blow today, with the NSW Upper House amending the government’s OHS Harmonisation legislation in key areas. One of the most important outcomes, according to NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge, was retaining the union right to prosecute. “NSW is the first state to […]

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Protecting Sources, Protecting Democracy

The recent attempts by the NSW Crime Commission to subpoena two journalists from a major Sydney newspaper to make them disclose their sources has highlighted the need for legislative protection for journalists’ sources. In the first week of the new parliament, The Greens moved the Evidence Amendment (Protection of Journalists’ Sources) Bill 2011.  If passed […]

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New police powers could target the most disadvantaged

New legislation to be introduced by the O’Farrell Government will expand police powers to move on people they believe to be intoxicated. However, these laws are not based on clear data and are likely to unfairly target disadvantaged members of the community. (SMH 20 May p5.) The Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Amendment (Move On […]

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Coalition fudges figures in attack on the disadvantaged

New legislation to be introduced by the O’Farrell Government will give police extensive powers to move on people they believe to be intoxicated. However, these laws lack justification and will unfairly target disadvantaged members of the community. (SMH p5) “These powers are unnecessary. Police already have the powers to deal with people who have had […]

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Gentrader inquiry saved in a good end to the year

Premier Keneally this week tried to shut down NSW Parliament in a blatant attempt to stifle a Parliamentary Inquiry in the recent sell-off of the NSW electricity industry by Treasurer Eric Roozendaal. Despite the best efforts of the Premier, the Treasurer and the Attorney General to bully committee members and potential witnesses, the inquiry will […]

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MR: Attorney General swaps sense for small change

Legislation being brought by the NSW Attorney General into  NSW Parliament this week is a severe over-reaction to a  minor administrative error, according to Greens NSW MP David  Shoebridge. “To correct what is quite a small administrative issue, Mr Hatzistergos  is planning to severely impinge on people’s personal rights and liberties and  undermine the National […]

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