Local Government Pecuniary Interest Disclosure [Legislation]

The following speech was delivered in the NSW Upper House on 4 April 2012. You can view the Parliamentary Hansard here It is a basic rule of good governance at any level of government that decision-makers should not be deciding matters when they have a pecuniary...

Government Information (Public Access) [Legislation Debate]

Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE [3.55 p.m.]: I speak on behalf of The Greens to the Government Information (Public Access) Amendment Bill 2011. I say at the outset that The Greens do not oppose these relatively modest amendments to the Act, which has been in operation for about...
New Police Integrity Commissioner fails his first test

New Police Integrity Commissioner fails his first test

The Police Integrity Commission (PIC) and its new Commissioner have refused to investigate a serious allegation of police assault at the SCG, and the extraordinary events which followed. The police failings included the police media unit sending Assistant Commissioner...
Investigation needed into police bashing at SCG

Investigation needed into police bashing at SCG

On 18 February 2012 a serious incident occurred when a police officer repeatedly struck a spectator at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The incident was recorded on a camera phone and the recording sent to the media. After the video was played a senior police officer made a...
Fighting political repression at home: David talks on Occupy

Fighting political repression at home: David talks on Occupy

This is the adjournment speech given by David in NSW Parliament on 11 November 2011 The Occupy movement began with a single protest in New York on 17 September 2011 called “Occupy Wall Street”. This protest targets corporate greed and growing inequality...
Broken regulator puts profits before motorists [VIDEO]

Broken regulator puts profits before motorists [VIDEO]

The motor vehicle insurance system in NSW is broken, and the insurance companies love it that way. This story from the ABC 730 Report exposes the heartbreaking impact on the injured, the super-profits of unaccountable insurers, and a failed regulator ignoring the...