Greens MP David Shoebridge has slammed Premier Barry O’Farrell’s announcement of a special commission of inquiry into police handling of clerical sexual abuse cases in the Hunter.

Shoebridge claims the inquiry is a decoy, and the subject of any special commission needs to be the Church, not the police.

The Green MP said the terms of reference were simply too narrow, and a broader inquiry into clerical sexual abuse should be made across the state.