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

 


Name and Shame The Worst As Well

Name and Shame The Worst As Well

Friday 15 Aug 2003 Stephen Franks Press Releases -- Crime & Justice

If the Labour Government has no compunction about allowing the Courts Department to `name and shame' major fine defaulters, why will it not let the public know the names and records of more serious criminals, ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today.

"ACT supports the Courts' `name and shame' campaign. After success in a South Island trial, it is now to start in Auckland and Northland. If it works with fines, why not extend it to offenders who commit more serious crimes?" Mr Franks said.

"If you don't pay your fine expect to be named. Expect also any loss of reputation. This should apply to all criminals - if you commit a crime, you should be ashamed. That is part of the penalty in any healthy society. Concern about reputation - your own and your family's - is a normal reason for avoiding crime.

Courts Minister Rick Barker, who is trumpeting the new name and shame campaign, is part of the same Government that is busy extending name suppression, and slams the door on anyone trying to find out about parole offending - even sentences delivered in open court - if you happen not to have been at the court when the sentence was given.

"Justice Minister Phil Goff's Clean Slate Bill puts criminals' rights to privacy, and not being embarrassed, ahead of their victims' right to know that justice was done, and ahead of the fresh victims who will be victims because they aren't allowed to know the person they are about to trust is a criminal. Victims will be punished if they try to get a criminal to tell about his criminal record.

"Yesterday's crime statistics have revealed that crime continues to spiral out of control. Labour won't even say how much the sentences our most notorious criminals have had forgiven under parole.

"Mr Barker might have had more credibility if he were abolishing name suppression for all, and restoring the open justice we had only one generation ago. Then re-offending rates were a fraction of what they were today, and we all felt safer in our homes," Mr Franks said.

ENDS

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

 

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news