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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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Discrimination complaints against openly gay police demands more than silence from Commissioner Scipione

Revelations that four openly gay police from the same Local Area Command have been subject to repeated discrimination from senior officers requires an immediate, and public, response from Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione. Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “This is not an isolated complaint, these are four officers from the same command alleging […]

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A fresh set of embarrassing drug dog figures from Parliament

Documents obtained by the NSW Greens under Freedom of Information show that the Sniff Off campaign is having an impact on reducing drug dog searches. The Greens Sniff Off campaign targets the ineffective and invasive use of drug dogs by the NSW Police. The widespread publication of data that demonstrates the continuing false positive rates […]

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One step forward one step back on police oversight

A bill to establish a single oversight body to investigate police complaints is a welcome step forward, but it fails to address the key failing in the present system with police continuing to investigate police in the most serious cases. The Greens will move amendments to the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission Bill so that critical […]

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