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Alexander vows to press on with victims' rights


Media statement

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Alexander vows to press on with victims' rights campaign

United Future law and order spokesman, Marc Alexander, welcomed the provisions in today's Budget aimed at improving the rights of victims of crime and deterring future criminal lives for our children, but promised there was more to come.

"I didn't come to Parliament just to eat my lunch," said the former chef, "I'm here because the voters of Christchurch want to see a real difference in the law and order policies of New Zealand and I'm happy to 'cook' up the policies to deliver them.

Today's Budget gives an extra $2 million over four years to Victim Support to enable the establishment of a more efficient and seamless district structure, comprised of 14 districts.

"This is a much-needed advance for the victims of crime, whose needs are no longer ignored by the system in favour of the rights of criminals," said Mr Alexander.

Mr Alexander also welcomed the $600,000 'seed' money in the Budget for Project Early which has been an outstanding Christchurch initiative for early intervention, and will now spawn similar programs in Auckland.

"Although such monies may seem substantial, they are an appropriate and cost-effective investment in preventing young children from embarking on a life of crime.

"I have been closely involved with Justice Minister Phil Goff in making progress on this initiative and I promise to remain involved in ensuring its nationwide success," he said.

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