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Dunne slams corrupt driving examiner's sentence

Thursday, 9 June 2005

Dunne slams corrupt driving examiner's sentence

United Future leader Peter Dunne today slammed the sentence of 280-hours of community service handed down to the driving examiner who sold licences to Auckland's Asian community, as "a woefully inadequate response to both official corruption and endangering the public".

"That sentence is no deterrent and it is certainly no adequate punishment for a very serious crime," he said after Peter Williams Hjorring was sentenced in the Waitakere District Court this morning.

"New Zealand is one of the least corrupt countries you will find - and that is all the more reason that when we come across cases of official corruption they need to be jumped on hard," Mr Dunne said.

He said the sentence also completely failed to recognise that every driver who buys a licence rather than passes our testing regime is "time bomb travelling on our roads, with little knowledge and probably even less driving skill".

"It makes a mockery of our supposed concern for road safety and cutting the road toll," Mr Dunne said.


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