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Sniff Off 2016 Highlights

It’s been a huge year for Sniff Off, the NSW Greens campaign against the use of drug dogs at bars, festivals, and public transport! We’ve put out hundreds of updates on drug dog locations throughout NSW, grown from 8,000 to over 25,000 likes on Facebook, and handed out thousands of flyers at festivals, train stations […]

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Death of Mark Anthony Haines [Speech]

This speech was delivered on 17.11.2016 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the original contribution here. On 16 January 1988 in the early hours of the morning, a 17‑year‑old Aboriginal boy, Mark Anthony Haines, was found dead on the train tracks outside Tamworth. It had been pouring with rain that night. At all […]

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Bill to close CNS loophole

Today we gave notice of a bill that would require the Custody Notification Service (CNS) to be notified every time an Aboriginal person is detained. This was a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Currently there is only a requirement to notify where a person is arrested and charged, and in […]

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Police oversight bill passes with missed opportunity to right a wrong on bugging scandal

With the passing of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, the Baird Government has failed to put an end to the long multi-million dollar disaster that is the Ombudsman’s investigation into Operation Prospect. While the bill is a welcome step forward in establishing a single, well-resourced police oversight body and improving police accountability, a number of […]

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Police drug dogs target Aboriginal communities

Data obtained by our office reveals what we have always suspected about the intimidatory and discriminatory use of drug dogs, that it targets those communities where more Aboriginal people live. The research found: For every extra 10% by which the population is Indigenous, the population experiences 2.5 more dog searches per 100 people. Aboriginality appears to […]

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Aboriginal justice demands far more than another inquiry

The Indigenous incarceration inquiry today announced by the Federal Government is a symbolic recognition of our broken criminal justice system, but comes 25 years after the ground-breaking report from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was handed down. The bulk of these recommendations have still not been implemented. Just last month the Bureau […]

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Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Amendment Bill 2016 [Legislation Debate]

This speech was delivered on 11.10.2016 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the full debate online here.  On behalf of The Greens I speak to the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Amendment Bill 2016. The Greens do not oppose this bill. It makes a number of minor amendments to update terminology, to consolidate powers […]

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