Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


The House: Crime Card Trumped Temporarily

The Government's attempt to play the crime card was temporarily trumped by procedural maneuvering in the House this afternoon.

The Government planned to debate the report back from select committee of the Crimes (Home Invasion) Amendment Bill with a roar and a charge that painted them as protectors of the home and Labour and the Alliance as playing politics because they were soft on criminals.

Instead at the outset, Labour's Phil Goff took the initiative and put an unusual motion requesting the House send the Bill back to select committee.

He then launched an attack on the Bill's arbitrary definitions of a home and said the committee had not been provided with Ministry of Justice papers and views until after it had completed the report. Attempts on the Government's side to restrict the scope of the debate failed.

Mr Goff called on MPs to support a bill he was proposing that would make home invasion an aggravating factor at the time of sentencing.

(SeeDeclined with regret in the politics wire.)

Justice Minister, Tony Ryall, dismissed the motion saying Labour was trying to play politics as it wanted to delay having to vote against a bill that "got tough on criminals".

There was much discussion of the Bill's rocky progress in the select committee, which is split 50/50, varying versions of who said what and whether they supported the Bill or not.

When the vote was taken Mr Goff's motion was defeated by 61 to 58, indicating the Government has the numbers to push through the controversial legislation. There is extensive comment on the legisaltion in the headlines, Parliament and Politics wire.

The report back is currently being debated.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news