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


Govt needs balanced approach to crime

Tony Ryall

National's Justice Spokesman

11 June 2000

Govt needs balanced approach to crime

The Government's new accent on a greater role for victims in the justice system is welcomed but needs to be balanced with a tougher approach to serious crime, says National's Justice spokesman Tony Ryall.

Mr Ryall was commenting on the Government's restorative justice package announced today.

"National supports the extension of community based restorative justice programmes. The existing programmes in Timaru and Waitakere were started under National. These programmes are working very well and have good community support. We will be looking for more detail on the court-referred restorative justice projects for serious offenders.

"Restorative justice has a role to play in our justice system but it is not the be all and end all. 92% of New Zealanders voted for a justice system that deals more seriously with offenders and we are still waiting for the Government to do that.

"This announcement gives mixed messages to victims. It comes only 48 hours after Mr Robson said he was considering offering home detention to serious offenders including rapists.

"Today's announcement will ring hollow for many New Zealanders who want to see a tougher approach to crime from the Labour-Alliance Government," Mr Ryall said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news