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Adjournment speech: Hunter Special Inquiry becomes witch hunt

Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE [7.02 p.m.]: The task of any royal commission or special commission of inquiry is to uncover the truth. This should be the sole goal of the Special Commission of Inquiry Concerning the Investigation of Certain Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in the Hunter Region. However, many observers consider that the inquiry has strayed […]

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Abbott’s Royal Commission – targeting unions and protecting corrupt corporations

The Abbott Government has labelled its Royal Commission into Union Governance and Corruption a “war on corruption” but in reality it’s deliberately ignoring the underlying source of corruption in the building industry – dodgy private contractors and developers. Abbott’s terms of reference have been carefully designed to shield the construction industry from scrutiny, despite past history proving that the […]

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Second reading of bill to repeal the Ellis Defence

The full text of this speech is available here. A core principle of any modern, responsible democracy is that no individual or organisation is to be beyond the law. Tragically, this principle has not been applied when victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, or other officials of that church, have pursued civil claims. This […]

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Everyone agrees – it’s time to repeal the Ellis Defence

Despite his well-documented and early involvement in the case that lead to the development of what we now know as the “Ellis Defence” Cardinal George Pell has recently come out of the Federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse saying that the Catholic Church needs to be able to be sued by […]

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Opinion: Royal commission is a lasting legacy

In a year of so much ugly politics, it is time to remember some of the good . . . and to embrace the challenges ahead. As published in the Newcastle Herald. What a difference a year makes. On 16 September 2012 my office co-hosted a public forum with the Newcastle Herald where we asked the question: Is there […]

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Greens NSW welcome Royal Commission Terms of Reference

The Greens NSW have welcomed the terms of reference for the Royal Commission announced today by the Prime Minister. Greens NSW and Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “We welcome the breadth of the terms of reference, including the specific reference to justice for victims of past and future abuse.” “Almost all of the Greens NSW’s […]

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Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission [Motion Debate]

This motion was moved in the NSW Upper House on 13 November 2012. You can view it online in its original context here. Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders: Order of Business Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE [2.57 p.m.]: I move: That standing and sessional orders be suspended to allow a motion to be moved forthwith that Private Members’ […]

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NSW Upper House supports Royal Commission into child sexual abuse

The NSW Upper House this afternoon unanimously supported a motion moved by Greens NSW MP David Shoebridge supporting the Commonwealth Royal Commission announced by the Prime Minister yesterday and acknowledging the need for close cooperation by the NSW government. Full wording of the motion below. Greens NSW MP and Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge said: “The […]

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