David Shoebridge

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David Shoebridge
David Shoebridge.jpg
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
Assumed office
7 September 2010
Personal details
Nationality Australian
Political party Greens New South Wales
Residence Woollahra, New South Wales
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Barrister
Website 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; 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][self-published source?][9]

In 2012, Shoebridge advocated against proposed changes for workers rights 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 helped secure amendments to the legislation meaning that fire-fighters and paramedics retained the same cover as police officers.[10][11]

Shoebridge called for an inquiry into victims of sexual abuse, asking for a Royal Commission into sexual abuse by the Catholic Church and other institutions, and proposing legislation to overturn the Ellis defence.

Shoebridge campaigned successfully in July 2013 for 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.[12][13]

Waverley Council report incident[edit]

In 2017, a report on an incident involving Waverley Council Mayor Sally Betts and meeting votes by councillors became a matter of debate in the NSW Parliament. Greens MP David Shoebridge filed a parliamentary motion that detailed the report's findings, and called on Mayor Betts to issue an unreserved apology and resign as mayor. Shoebridge's motion was met with opposition from Liberal MPs and triggered the intervention of Tim Hurst, the chief executive of the Office of Local Government. Mr Hurst wrote to Mr Shoebridge asking him to "exercise caution before using Parliament to publicly disclose confidential information about matters being considered under a council's code of conduct".[14]

See also[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. ^ Nicholls, Sean (3 June 2011). "Time freezes as record-breaking MP speaks for nearly six hours". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  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". Sydney Morning Herald. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Shoebridge, David (28 June 2011). "Taser use on the rise". Davidshoebridge.org.au. Retrieved 24 December 2011. [self-published source?]
  9. ^ "Police face criminal action after report into fatal shooting". PM (ABC Radio). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 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". PM (ABC Radio). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Blow to Game Council as leaders charged over hunt". The Sydney Morning Herald. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Governance Review of the Game Council of NSW" (PDF). Dunn report (PDF). Game Council New South Wales. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  14. ^ http://amp.smh.com.au/nsw/waverley-mayor-sally-betts-claims-she-was-hung-drawn-quartered-and-vilified-over-leaked-report-20170623-gwx2u5.html