Parliament

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

 

Who's Thinking About Kurariki?


Who's Thinking About Kurariki?

ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks today asked who could think Home Detention would help rehabilitate killer Bailey Junior Kurariki when a lack of stable home life contributed to his criminality in the first place.

"Is this funded by legal aid, and does the Legal Services Agency think this application has a chance? During Kurariki's trial, there was talk about how he was out of control and hadn't attended school for three years - while living `at home'. It is inconceivable that returning him to that environment will be good for him, let alone anyone else," Mr Franks said.

"Is anyone `acting for' Kurariki genuinely thinking of his interests by pursuing such a stupid, abhorrent application? What he says he wants is immaterial. In a secure facility, Kurariki has the structure and routine that was so severely lacking in his life, as well as an opportunity for education. Without education and discipline, what chance has such a young thug when he is let out at age 20?

"At his age, and with his record, the only relevance of what he wants should be what it says about his attitude. We have a mad Government when such insult can be offered to the victims. For the vicious young thugs who killed Mr Choy, the whole justice system should be sending a consistent message: `You've hurt harmless people very badly. There is a price pay. You should feel lucky the system doesn't do to you what you did to them. Your sentence is already pitifully inadequate. Without obvious remorse there is not the slightest chance of getting out before the end of your term. You are showing no remorse by asking to have the price of your crime reduced. Forget about getting out early'.

"Kurariki was party to a hideous crime. He was given his sentence for a reason, but the Parole Board is not allowed to take it into account. Bleeding heart Justice Minister Phil Goff insisted on the law that also stops the Parole Board from taking account of lack of remorse, and makes them hear these annual parole requests - instead of simply telling Kurariki there will be no release to so-called home detention.

"If ever a case called for truth in sentencing it is this one," Mr Franks said.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>

 
 

MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>

ALSO:

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages