Second reading of bill to repeal the Ellis Defence

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...
Historic bill to repeal Ellis defence moved in NSW Parliament

Historic bill to repeal Ellis defence moved in NSW Parliament

The first legislative move anywhere in Australia to repeal the now notorious “Ellis defence” has been taken in the NSW Parliament with Greens NSW MP David Shoebridge giving a second reading of his Justice for Victims Bill. The Bill would amend a long standing and...
Everyone agrees – it’s time to repeal the Ellis Defence

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...
Church worked with police to sanitise abuse reports

Church worked with police to sanitise abuse reports

Documents released to NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge under FOI have revealed for the first time the informal agreements under which the Church was working with NSW police for years up until 2003 to provide edited and sanitised reports of child abuse. Watch the full...
Opinion: Royal commission is a lasting legacy

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...
Greens NSW welcome Royal Commission Terms of Reference

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...