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

 


Nandor’s ‘Clean Slate’ Bill Will Be Opposed

Thursday 22nd Feb 2001

ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks says the Greens are sadly mistaken in assuming that all parties will support Nandor Tanczos’ Clean Slate Bill which will wipe many criminal convictions over seven years old from people’s records.

“I will vigorously oppose this bill.

“Clean slate supporters are full of well-meant feel-good words such as ‘overcoming the past’ and ‘forgetting the criminal stigma’, but what it really means is suppression of the truth. It removes the right of individuals to use their own judgement on whether they should forgive and forget for past misdemeanours.

“The bill takes yet another freedom from ordinary people and puts power in the hands of the ‘authorities’. The ‘authorities’ have already shown that they cannot be trusted with such power – they ignore what ordinary people think – see what has happened to so-called ‘life imprisonment’.

“No, what ‘clean slate’ will become is compulsory secrecy. It will not be about allowing people who have transgressed to live that down – it will be about the state dictating what kind of reputation an individual has.

“We wonder why our young people are learning not to worry about bludging or ripping off their communities. Clearly in most civilised societies the concept of shame, or concern for reputation is one of the first lessons that good families teach.

“The Clean Slate Bill tells people ‘don’t worry about your reputation, we will doctor it for you’.

“People don’t carry a stigma forever. Nearly all of us will ignore an ancient conviction if the person has lived it down. That is our choice. But the Green bill will mean the past is secret. The state will deem the past lived down after seven years – whatever the truth.

“When we suppress normal sanctions as a community – such as shame and a poor reputation – we are forced to rely on stronger formal institutional punishment. This bill underlines the cause – the law doesn’t mean what it says. We will be ordered to pretend the past hasn’t happened.

“I believe that the right to forgive and forget is for individual New Zealanders. It is not for the state to take and exercise on their behalf,” Stephen Franks said.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news