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

 


Hawkins told 18 months ago


Hawkins told 18 months ago

The Police asked the Minister, George Hawkins, to push for urgent reclassification of methamphetamine 18 months ago, citing at least six murders associated with the sale or use of this dangerous drug, says National's Police spokesman Tony Ryall.

“It is only now that the Government has finally acted.

“Mr Hawkins was formally advised by the Police in July last year that ”the rise and manufacture of methamphetamine will continue to rise” and that the drug ”has brought with it increasing incidents of serious assault, homicide and the use of firearms”.

“The Police also warned of the tragic consequences of the drug when they stated “Police have investigated at least 6 homicides where the distribution or use of meth has had a direct link to the crime”.

“Further in their July 2001 report, the Police warned the Minister about the considerable social cost of methamphetamine use. In 2001, 41 clandestine labs were located; this year suggestions are that over 130 labs will be found.

“This is a serious matter. If criminals are using this drug, they will commit other crimes, usually violent. Look at the example of William Duane Bell.

“The Government's reclassification comes too late for those people killed or bashed by methamphetamine users. Only strong leadership determined to crack down on this dangerous drug will see New Zealand beat meth and the drug dealing gangs.

“Mr Hawkins’ slack performance to date gives us no confidence that leadership is there,” says Mr Ryall.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news