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


Goff is Concerned with Figures, Not Victims

Goff is Concerned with Figures, Not Victims

ACT will not retract its criticism of our youth justice system just because the OECD has been persuaded by Mr Goff to withdraw its statistical comparison figures showing New Zealand has the worst youth crime in the OECD, ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today.

"In fact, nobody knows our real youth crime figures. A Youth Court note last year said:

"There is no centralised collection of statistics and trends about youth offending. What we do know must come from a comparison of figures from Police; Child Youth and Family; Department for Courts, and the Ministry of Justice. Even then, the statistics are sometimes not comparable.

There is an urgent need for a more co-ordinated and "scientific" approach to the collection of statistics about youth offending, ... The Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act came into force in late 1989 and most of the statistics date from soon after the commencement of that Act. The [researchers] have been hampered by unsatisfactory data collection."

"Internationally it is recognised that the most reliable crime figures come from professionally conducted victimisation surveys.

"The Minister's officials chose that New Zealand would not participate in the most authoritative world comparison, the International Victimisation Survey, organised by the Dutch government. Seventeen countries with which we would normally compare ourselves did participate, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

"Instead, in 2001 the Ministry of Justice contracted with AC Nielsen to do a survey in New Zealand. The contracted final report date was March 29, 2002.

"Almost one year later, we have yet to see any figures. The delay is inexcusable. It was very convenient for the Government the results did not emerge before the election. In the absence of this information, the Ministers of Justice and Police used unreliable, "informal" police figures in June to claim that crime was dropping - when the final figures released by the police showed a dramatic increase in violent crime.

"Justice officials say the delay is to enable data to be `reworked'. It is hard to have any confidence in Mr Goff's approach to figures following his demonstrated mis-use of police statistics during the election campaign. I am very suspicious that the continued delay for data reworking is because the figures are unpalatable to the Minister. He should put his efforts into finding solutions and reducing the number of victims of crime, not attacking the figures," Mr Franks said.

© 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


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election