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ACT Plagiarises Three Strikes - Mark

Media Release
13 June 2005

ACT Plagiarises Three Strikes - Mark

New Zealand First Law and Order spokesperson Ron Mark has accused ACT of blatant plagiarism over its adoption of New Zealand First’s "three strikes and you're out" policy as part of their Law and Order package.

“The ‘three strikes and you’re out’ policy was written as part of New Zealand First’s 2002 manifesto to deter recidivist offenders,” said Mr Mark.

“When we launched the New Zealand First 2002 Election campaign on 17 June we introduced the ‘three strikes’ principle which required that an offender convicted for three crimes will be required to serve a minimum period in prison of ten years, irrespective of the nature of their crime, and without remission,” said Mr Mark.

“We made it clear then that harsher deterrence to offending was required.

“National plagiarised this policy last year, and ACT seems to be following suit.

“ACT has no shame. They are not embarrassed at all about their inability to come up with their own policy and their need to resort to blatant plagiarism,” said Mr Mark.

ENDS

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