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


Government Keener On Prisons Than Mental Health

2 May 2002

Green Mental Health Spokesperson Sue Bradford today called on the Government to abandon plans to build more prisons and to instead spend the money on specialist facilities to house and care for the mentally ill.

In response to a question in Parliament from Ms Bradford, Minister of Corrections Matt Robson agreed today that mentally ill people should not be in prison and that they should be housed in specialist care facilities.

"We have a mental health meltdown right now where mentally ill inmates who should never have been in jail are spending 23 hours every day in bare, isolation prison cells with no human contact. More and more mentally ill people are ending up in prisons and in response the Government just builds more.

"At just the time when our mental health services are collapsing, we have the very unfortunate situation of the Deputy Prime Minister gloating that 'No minister of prisons has announced more new prisons than Matt Robson.' Right now we need exactly the opposite approach," she said.

"I call on this Government to abandon its ridiculous plans for a $100 million prison at Ngawha, which nobody wants, and to instead spend this money on purpose built facilities so that mentally ill people in our prisons can be given the care that they need.

"This is where the need is. Instead of this Government patting itself on the back for announcing more prisons they should be halting these plans and using the money to address the real crisis in our community."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election