Parliament

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

 

Privilege Case Can't Deal With The Real Scandals

Friday 1 Mar 2002

The breach of privilege case against Corrections Minister Matt Robson can't deal with the real scandals in payments to prisoners, says ACT's Justice spokesman Stephen Franks.

"The real scandal is that they received an average of nearly $20,000 each - though I understand none was in prison for a day longer than the sentence given them by their Judges.

"The Minister may have wanted to deflect political heat on to his officials by saying he wasn't aware of the payments to prisoners. That is something National will rightly pursue in the privileges claim, but New Zealanders should be much more concerned that this happens because we do not have truth in sentencing.

"In other words they are being paid at rates per day they could never earn, simply for not getting the privilege of early release.

"This is like making the TAB pay disappointment compensation to those who bet on the wrong horse.

"If compensation is payable, early release is obviously a right, not a privilege. When early release and parole are a right, every Judge pronouncing sentence knows the sentence will never be served. Only the victim doesn't know that. Why do we force Judges into this deception?

"The other outrage is the absence of proper powers to ensure that restitution is made. The privilege enquiry can't deal with that.

"When I asked the Minister of Corrections why the Sentencing and Parole Reform Bill did not have wide powers to make reparation performance and staying in a job and to make meeting your obligations to family and others normal conditions for the privilege of early release, he said he didn't know and I should ask Phil Goff.

"Now that the media are showing some interest he is trying to give the impression that all this is just a set of administrative bungles and the fault of his officials.

"It is a natural and inevitable result of an entire philosophy focused on the so-called "criminogenic needs" of criminals instead of the needs of victims and the community," Stephen Franks said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election