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Public Consultation: Methodology to assess is Minister Toole Fit for the Future?

As the Coalition persists with an undemocratic forced amalgamation agenda, we think it’s time undertake an independent, fair and impartial assessment of how Paul Toole stacks up as Local Government Minister. Local councils are currently having to prove that they are ‘Fit for the Future’ against arbitrary targets, benchmarks and thresholds set by Minister Toole. We are consulting and want […]

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Time to lift time limits for victims of abuse

The first bill to implement recommendations from the Federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse to restore justice for victims was introduced to the NSW Parliament today by Greens MP David Shoebridge. The Limitation Amendment (Child Abuse) Bill 2015 was second read in the Parliament’s Upper House today. The bill removes any limitation […]

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Media Release: Overhaul cannot fix fatally flawed tree culling laws

The NSW Government has released an extensive list of changes it intends to make to the 10/50 vegetation clearing scheme, to partially address the damaging impacts of the tree culling code. The Government Media Release is available here: Elliott and Speakman Media Release on 10/50 Amendments The full report is available here: Final 10/50 Report   The […]

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State or Federal, Liberal Governments reject human rights

The Government today objected to a parliamentary motion in what can only be described as a mindlessly partisan move following the federal Liberal Party’s open hostility towards the Australian Human Rights Commission. The motion by Greens MP David Shoebridge read: 1. That this House commends the work of: a) The Australian Human Rights Commission; and […]

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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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Parliament establishes Committee on the Conduct and Progress of the Ombudsman’s Inquiry “Operation Prospect

This week the NSW Parliament voted to establish a Parliamentary Inquiry into the Conduct and Progress of the Ombudsman’s Inquiry “Operation Prospect. This is an important opportunity to finally remove the secrecy that, for more than a decade, has hidden how and why covert listening warrants were obtained by the NSW Police and NSW Crime Commission from 1999 […]

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Greens MPs stand up for the right to protest

On the 18 and 19 June 2014 David and his colleague Greens MP Dr Mehreen Faruqi both placed notices of motion on the record of the NSW Parliament recognising the important role protesting plays in our communities and in particular the threat posed by “ag-gag” laws to animal rights activism.  The NSW Government is currently […]

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Corruption, inaction and bluster – it must be NSW

The ‘same-look’ Coalition government of Mike Baird has already demonstrated that it is far from serious about dealing with corruption in NSW. The Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 and Criminal Assets Recovery Amendment Bill 2014 were designed to make small changes to combat corruption, with the bills drafted as a partial response to recommendations made […]

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Media Release: Government sees sense on “hopscotch” amendments

The Coalition Government has today seen some sense on its graffiti laws and supported Greens amendments that exclude chalking from the operation of their new graffiti laws. The proposal in its original form would have criminalised children drawing hopscotch squares on public footpaths or street artists chalking artworks on footpaths. Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson […]

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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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