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


Goff's Bail Bill bungle continues

Tony Ryall
Opposition Justice Spokesperson
Monday 24 April 2000

Goff's Bail Bill bungle continues

The Ministry of Justice is refusing to release official papers on changes to the Bail Bill announced by Mr Goff a month ago, claiming a decision on the policy is still to be made, says National's Justice spokesman Tony Ryall.

"It seems Mr Goff is so busy being Foreign Minister, he's forgotten to get Cabinet approval for major policy announcements in his Justice portfolio.

"The Ministry of Justice is refusing to release the official reports prepared on Mr Goff's "14 strikes and you're out" bail policy because "they concern matters where decisions have not yet been made"[see attached letter from Acting Justice Secretary Dr Palmer]. Yet Mr Goff announced the policy four weeks ago.

"It's clear that the Alliance is still refusing to support Mr Goff's proposal. Mr Robson has repeatedly refused to endorse the policy, which quite incidentally Mr Goff announced when Mr Robson was overseas. Mr Robson told Parliament earlier in the month that he and Mr Goff were still "discussing" the idea.

"This is extraordinary. Here is Mr Goff being the tough law and order guy yet the Cabinet - and Mr Robson - haven't agreed to what he's announcing. Mr Goff is forgetting the very basics of policy making because he's so busy serving our country as Foreign Minister.

"He's not doing justice to Justice.

"C'mon Phil. Are you going to move the amendments or not? And are you going to rely on National to get this through?" asked Mr Ryall.

Mr Goff's policy proposal is to require offenders with 14 custodial sentences to convince the judge they will not re-offend, as opposed to the Police having to convince the judge that they will. This is "14 strikes and you're out".

Before the election Mr Goff was promising a much harder formula where offenders with 10 convictions for imprison-able offences (not actual prison/custodial sentences) would face the reverse onus.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>


Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>


Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>


Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>


Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>




InfoPages News Channels