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


Goff Must Get It Right

Goff Must Get It Right

Justice Minister Phil Goff has announced that he will put into the Statute Amendment Bill changes to Home Detention Provision - ACT will support those changes, but only if they are along the correct lines, ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today.

"If those changes are appropriate, we will be keen to see them as law. If, however, they come through the Statutes Amendment Bill - which is reserved for minor or technical changes - it may be an indication that Mr Goff is not planning to look at the wrong principles, which are the problem," Mr Franks said.

"In that case, we would reserve our position. There are many other things in the Sentencing Act, which the Government has described as unintended, or loopholes. We would want to be sure that these were dealt with, and that parliamentary time be given to them as a high priority.

"We suspect, however, that the Minister wants to use the Bill to avoid scrutiny of all those other implications, as well as other matters where his new law has been found wanting - such as on the Home Detention front.

"Home Detention should be something that a judge can order but, instead - along with many other sentencing discretions - it has been reserved for the Parole Board. It is wrong in principle that courts don't set the sentences and Mr Goff's changes will need to fix that," Mr Franks said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news