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

 


Inequalities endemic through all levels of justice

7 October, 2004

Inequalities endemic through all levels of justice system

Green MP Sue Bradford said today that New Zealand's justice system needs to take a long, hard look at itself in the wake of Serious Fraud Office director David Bradshaw's report that white-collar criminals are treated far more leniently compared with lower income criminals.

"This is a wake-up call to the judicial system that justice is not blind in New Zealand, said Ms Bradford, the Green spokesperson for Social Services.

"It's been apparent for far too long that lower income people, Maori and other ethnicities get a raw deal from the judiciary, so I welcome Mr Bradshaw's courage to point out the bleeding obvious.

"I call on the Minister of Justice to act decisively on the report's findings, in as far as his powers allow, and eliminate the gross inequalities and bias in New Zealand's justice system."

Ms Bradford said that the evidence of bias throughout all levels of the justice system spoke for itself.

"In prosecution, conviction and sentencing it is clearly obvious that white-collar criminals get off lightly," she said.

"The fact that the Serious Fraud Office itself has only 11 investigators, compared with over 100 benefit-fraud investigators at WINZ, shows how skewed our system has become.

"This shows that there is a massive disparity in targeting fraud. Anyone would know that a beneficiary is in no position to rip off millions of dollars like a white-collar crim," she said.

"And an Institute of Criminology report to the police revealed that officers are 46 per cent more likely to carry out a 'query vehicle registration' if a Maori person is seen driving a flash car.

"It's high time we ended the racial and social profiling of people going through the justice system. If the Government is so hell-bent on eliminating race-based policies then they must also eliminate race-based and income prejudices," she said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news