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Religious bigotry to female colleague's bullying allegations: MP David Shoebridge sets new standards

Opinion published by NRI Herald, 12 August 2021

Religious bigotry to female colleague's bullying allegations: MP David Shoebridge sets new standards

One of the Australia's renowned news portal "The Australian" reported yesterday, 11th Aug 2021:

Senior NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge is facing allegations that he bullied former female colleagues and staff over a decade, leaving one woman feeling “unsafe” and driving party members to write a formal letter of complaint.

"The Australia" further reported that Lauren Gillin a former policy and communications adviser who spent three years working for Mr Shoebridge, alleged in a series of tweets published on July 23 that her former boss had stopped a meeting to call her “unattractive” after she laughed at him.


NRI Herald tried to further investigate Lauren Gillin's tweets but apparently it seems her account has either been suspended or all the tweets deleted but in the investigation process NRI herald managed to find a tweet by an English journalist Lauren Ingram in which she has shared an article written by Lauren Gillin for "newmatilda.com" in 2018 in which Ms Ingram says:

If The Greens Want Credibility on Gender Issues, The Response To Misbehaviour Can’t Be To Attack Women - Lauren Gillin

Apparently, if not with surety but one can definitely interpret from Ms Ingrams tweet & Ms Gillian's article written in 2018 respectively that vituperation and vile behaviour has creeped into the various factions of Australian political cabal.


History of Hinduphobia by MP David Shoebridge


Bullying is not the only allegation Mr Shoebridge wear on his sleeves but has various such achievements also in the field of religious bigotry (sarcasm intended). Not long ago in march 2021 Mr Shoebridge unapologetically made a hinduphobic statement during a meeting with State Senator Geoff Lee and called RSS (World's biggest NGO) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu representative body) Neo Nazis which resulted in mass online and offline protest by Hindu community around the world.


Hindu organisations in Australia issued a formal statement condemning the NSW Senator’s remarks. The Hindu Council of Australia said, “The recent unprovoked Hinduphobic attacks are based on phantom charges against the Australian Hindu community.


The discussion of this incident which caused deep pain to not only entire Australian but world Hindu Community also reached NSW Parliament where the private member of Prospect Dr Hugh McDermott said:

"VHP Australia and Hindu Community are owed an unreserved public apology by Dr.Shoebridge"

Mr Mark Latham (MLC & Former Leader of the Opposition) moved the motion for VHP Australia in the NSW State parliament in which countless MLCs raised their concern against the and made scathing statement against the Hinduphobic mentality of David Shoebridge.

Hon Scott Farlow 's (Liberal MP) also made a speech at the parliament supporting the motion.


Australian Public Enquiries


As 64th United States Attorney General, Robert Kennedy once said

Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, when we fail to speak up and speak out, we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.

For how long Australian public will live at the behest of such politicians? for how long young Australians like Lauren Gillin will be bullied? For how long the Australians of Hindu descent will have to face Hinduphobia and religious bigotry by politicians like David Shoebridge?


These are the questions which every Australian is asking today which people in echelons of power need to introspect too before the freedom and justice which Australian constitution empowers every Australian with is shattered to pieces due to power trip of the few.





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