Bring justice to victims of abuse by lifting time limitations

Bring justice to victims of abuse by lifting time limitations

It is time to act now and remove the statute of limitations for all compensation claims relating to historical child abuse. This can, and should, be done as soon as the NSW Parliament returns. Victoria has already done it. Anything less is failing victims and...
Profiting from child abuse

Profiting from child abuse

An opinion piece by David Shoebridge, originally published in the Newcastle Herald. TEN billion dollars is a lot of money. As it turns out, some corporations will do almost anything to access that kind of wealth, including the long-term mandatory detention of children...
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...

Victims Rights and Support Bill 2013 [Legislation Debate]

This speech was delivered on 29 May 2013 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the full debate online here. VICTIMS RIGHTS AND SUPPORT BILL 2013 Second Reading Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE [8.40 p.m.]: On behalf of The Greens I strongly oppose the Victims Rights and Support...
OPINION: Support bill an attack on sexual abuse victims

OPINION: Support bill an attack on sexual abuse victims

This is a reprint of an opinion piece initially published in the Newcastle Herald. MANY victims and survivors of abuse began this year with a sense of hope. Finally there was a comprehensive Royal Commission into abuse in institutions which would give them an...

O’Farrell and Nile betray victims of crime

As you may be aware, in the early hours of this morning the NSW Parliament passed the perversely named Victims Rights and Support Bill 2013. This bill represents an unprecedented attack on the rights of victims of crime. Our deep concerns about this legislation...