Parliament

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

 

Panic Patch on Paedophile Law

Panic Patch on Paedophile Law

Friday 6 Jun 2003 Stephen Franks Press Releases -- Crime & Justice

ACT looks forward to the details of Justice Minister Phil Goff's hasty promise to let courts order supervision for paedophiles after they get out of prison but it is a panic patch on the law. The principle should apply to a whole range of predictably dangerous offenders, ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today.

"Even his proposed 10 year supervision period is an ad-hoc patch. What about arsonists? What about others too mad to be convicted for terrible deeds, but not mad enough for the psychiatrists to keep locked up?

"It is time to admit the Sentencing and Parole Acts were a whitewash, an attempt to look busy while heading in the opposite direction from the Withers' referendum's public demand for tougher sentences and more care for victims. It is time to do a real reform. Abolish parole and provide for a mandatory period of supervision at the end of every sentence.

"It's just a pity Mr Goff forced his fellow Labour MPs to vote last year against ACT's amendments to his Sentencing Act. They would have let judges set post release conditions more generally. ACT amendments would have preserved judges' traditional powers to determine the kinds of post release conditions, instead of giving almost all power to Corrections officials and setting a one year limit," Mr Franks said.

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>

 

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:

Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>

ALSO:

Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>

ALSO:

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages