David Shoebridge

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David Shoebridge
DShoebridge NSW Greens.jpg
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 September 2010
Personal details
Nationality Australian
Political party Greens New South Wales
Residence Woollahra, New South Wales
Website http://davidshoebridge.org.au/

David Martin Shoebridge is an Australian politician. He has been a Greens member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since September 2010, when he was appointed to replace outgoing MLC Sylvia Hale.

Shoebridge's portfolio responsibilities within the Greens include: Forestry; Industrial Relations; Planning & Heritage; Firearms (including the Game Council NSW); Justice and Local Government.[1]

Early career[edit]

After a brief stint as a cellarman and superintendent for the Royal Agricultural Society, Shoebridge started his career as an associate to Family Court justice Eric Baker.

Shoebridge then went on to become a lawyer and worked six years as a solicitor at Taylor and Scott, a union law firm, and more than seven years as a barrister at Denman Chambers, with a focus on employment, discrimination, industrial and tort law. While no longer practising, he continues to hold a practising certificate as a NSW Barrister.

Political career[edit]

Shoebridge outside Parliament House in Sydney

Shoebridge was elected to Woollahra Municipal Council in 2004 and reelected in 2008.[2] He served one term as Deputy Mayor.

He was the Greens candidate for the state seat of Vaucluse in the 2007 state election, outpolling the ALP candidate in the seat held by the then Liberal party leader Peter Debnam.[3]

He was preselected to the first position on the Greens' upper house ticket for the 2011 state election despite not having served in parliament but, after Sylvia Hale resigned from the Legislative Council in September 2010, he was deemed eligible to take her position which allowed him to contest the election as a sitting MP.[4]

On 2 June 2011, Shoebridge took the record for longest speech in the NSW Legislative Council while talking continuously for over five hours and 58 minutes against NSW government legislation which drastically affected public sector wages and conditions, including capping wage rises at a rate less than inflation.[5][6]

Shoebridge has campaigned to curb the use of police drug sniffer dogs and stun guns, and called for independent investigations of police when officers are involved in critical incidents and members of the public are killed or seriously injured.[7][8][9]

In 2012, Shoebridge again advocated on behalf of workers as the NSW government made sweeping changes to the workers compensation system in NSW. Accompanied by the first general strike by fire-fighters since 1956, Shoebridge and the Greens secured amendments to the legislation which meant that fire-fighters and paramedics retained the same cover as police officers.[10][11]

Shoebridge also campaigned on behalf of victims of sexual abuse, calling for a Royal Commission into sexual abuse by the Catholic Church and other institutions, and proposing legislation to overturn the Ellis defence. The campaign reached a level of success with the announcement in November 2012 of a Special Commission of Inquiry into alleged cover-up of Church sexual abuse in the Hunter and a Federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.[12][13][14][15][16]

Another campaign success for Shoebridge came in July 2013 with the abolition of the Game Council NSW by the NSW government. This followed the findings and recommendations of the Dunn Report into the Game Council's governance, called after senior Game Council figures were suspended after allegations of illegal hunting.[17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greens NSW MPs portfolio responsibilities, as of May 2011
  2. ^ "Cooper Ward". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Election Results: Vaucluse". ABC Elections. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "NSW Greens upper house MP Sylvia Hale quits parliament early". The Australian. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Sean Nicholls Time freezes as record-breaking MP speaks for nearly six hours. Smh.com.au. 3 June 2011. Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  6. ^ Govt Announces change to public sector pay cap. NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013
  7. ^ Barely a sniff of trouble, so Greens say it's time to call off the dogs. Smh.com.au (2011-07-09). Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  8. ^ Taser use on the rise | David Shoebridge MLC. Davidshoebridge.org.au. 28 June 2011. Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  9. ^ Police face criminal action after report into fatal shooting, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, PM 26 June 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013
  10. ^ Greens help keep emergency workers covered. Echonetdaily 26 June 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013
  11. ^ NSW Firefighters strike over workers compensation cuts. Australian Broadcasting Corporation, PM. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013
  12. ^ Catholic royal commission: David Shoebridge, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio National, 12 November 2012
  13. ^ Is the Ellis Defence moral? Online Opinion, 6 February 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013
  14. ^ David Shoebridge on child abuse royal commission, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC Upper Hunter, Afternoons with Carol Duncan. 14 November 2012, Retrieved 8 August 2013
  15. ^ Senior church figures ordered to appear at inquiry. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Lateline. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  16. ^ Premier orders inquiry into church child sex 'cover-up'. Sydney Morning Herald, 9 November 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  17. ^ Blow to Game Council as leaders charged over hunt. Sydney Morning Herald. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  18. ^ Dunn report. Governance Review of the Game Council of NSW, Game Council NSW. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013.