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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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Lessons must be learnt from tragic death of Sarah Waugh

Next week’s coronial inquest into the tragic death of Sarah Waugh, who died while undertaking a jillaroo training course at Dubbo TAFE in 2009, is too short to consider the necessary evidence and make appropriate recommendations so that such a tragedy never occurs again, according to NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge. (SMH 30 May, page […]

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Mandatory Life Sentencing

Interview on The Wire (2SER) People who are convicted of killing police officers in New South Wales could be facing a mandatory life sentence if a new government bill is passed. Premier Barry O’Farrell, announced the bill over the weekend, saying that the liberal party has been committed to the policy since 2002. Mandatory sentencing […]

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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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Government must back scrutiny of secretive NSW Crime Commission

Following the decision of the Supreme Court to allow a public inquiry to proceed into how the NSW Crime Commission cut secret million dollar deals with organised crime figures, Greens MP David Shoebridge has called on the NSW Police Minister Michael Gallacher to commit to accepting the Court’s decision and allowing the inquiry into the […]

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Law and Order Auction Commences

New legislation to be introduced by the O’Farrell Government will give police extraordinary powers 30 years out of date, and, according to NSW Greens MP and Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge will unfairly target disadvantaged members of the community. “Police already have the powers to deal with people who have had too much to drink and […]

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Copwatch forum on a Bill of Rights

On Sunday 1st May, David addressed a forum organised by CopWatch on “A Bill of Rights and Police Brutality” at Customs House in Circular Quay. David’s hope is that the Bill and the processes around it will create a cultural change in the way society and the government view civil, social, economic and human rights. […]

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Police bullying needs to end

Greens MP and Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge has called for an end to the practice of police in the Illawarra conducting bail checks up to three times a night, and has called for the new Police Minister Michael Gallacher to halt this obvious over-policing. “Bail compliance checks are an important part of the justice system. […]

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