Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Robson Wrong On Prisons

Media Statement For Immediate Release

Dr Wayne Mapp Associate Justice Spokesman

18 January 2000

Robson Wrong On Prisons

Matt Robson's decision to put the building of three new prisons on hold shows he is riding roughshod over New Zealanders' clear demand for violent criminals to be locked away for longer," National's Associate Justice Spokesman, Dr Wayne Mapp, said today.

The referendum showed an overwhelming demand from New Zealanders for a tougher approach to violent crime, which Matt Robson has decided to ignore.

"To put the prison programme on hold, especially Northland prison, is to ignore the realities of violent crime in New Zealand, " Dr Mapp said.

"Violent criminals should know that they are facing longer prison sentences and it is very clear that we will need more prisons to hold them.

"The Northland prison programme is already well advanced and meets a clear need, both for the safety of the community and ensuring violent criminals are kept away from society.

"Rehabilitation of prisoners is also best advanced when prisoners can maintain contact with their families, and this requires a spread of prisons around the country. Otherwise, families have to travel great distances to see inmates, which is not an option for many.

"There is a clear need for the new prisons, particularly Northland Prison, and the Minister should get on with the job and build it, instead of pandering to his liberal prejudices, and putting society as a whole, and prisoner rehabilitation, at risk," Dr Mapp said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote. We also acknowledge the men who supported the cause and voted for the Bill to pass.

“Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.

“Aotearoa New Zealand has a female Prime Minister, we have women in cabinet. And I’m here as Acting Minister because the Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter is on maternity leave. New Zealand is a good place to be a woman!” More>>

 
 

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

'Post-Settlement Era': Māori Crown Agency To Be Established

Cabinet has approved the final scope of the Māori Crown portfolio and agreed to establish an agency to oversee Government’s work with Māori in a post-settlement era, announced Crown/ Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Military Roles In Iraq & Afghanistan

The politics of the deployment extension have degenerated into a slanging match about whether the previous National government was right or wrong to make the initial commitment to Iraq – and whether the extension is a responsible thing given our joint training role in Iraq with Australia, or is hypocritical in the light of prior statements made by a previous Labour leader... More>>

ALSO:

Commissioner To Be Appointed: Govt To Dismiss Board Of Whitireia And WelTec

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to Whitireia and WelTec to address the two polytechnics’ financial woes. More>>

ALSO:

Open Government Action Plan: Government To Proactively Release Cabinet Papers

The Cabinet papers will be released no later than 30 business days after a Cabinet decision. This process will be in place for Cabinet papers lodged from 1 January 2019... More>>

ALSO:

NZ Initiative: Evidence Of "Huge" Government Waste

It is not so much that spending is being literally wasted. Rather the best performing countries are achieving much better outcomes relative to their spending. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels