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ACT Applauds Police Support

ACT Applauds Police Support

ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today congratulated New Zealand Police for coming out in support of Judge Graeme Noble's recommendation that criminals injured while offending pay for their own medical treatment.

"Police are quite correct in their view that making offenders pay for their own treatment would make them more accountable for their actions. Criminals make a conscious decision to offend and, therefore, must be made to understand there are consequences for those actions," Dr Newman said.

"Offenders make victims of New Zealand taxpayers through such costs as policing, prisons and courts. Victims should not have to pay to have their attackers patched up. This is more than ludicrous, it is insulting.

"ACT applauds Judge Graeme Noble for making such a courageous and sensible recommendation in a Labour-led New Zealand where victims are usually made to feel like criminals, and offenders often portrayed as victims.

"People who choose to harm others should not expect the taxpayer to foot the bill. Making criminals accept responsibility for their actions by paying for their own medical treatment is an issue that ACT will seriously be investigating as a policy option," said Dr Newman.

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