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

 


Intervention and good jobs bring crime rate down


Thursday, 25 August 2005

Hon Matt Robson MP, Progressive Deputy Leader

Justice policy: early intervention and good jobs bring crime rate down

The lower crime rates announced today are to be celebrated - but work must continue to link jobs, early intervention and anti-drug and alcohol work, Matt Robson, Progressive party deputy leader said when releasing the party's justice policy in Auckland today.

"One of the most effective ways to keep our citizens away from crime is to ensure that early intervention policies work in tandem with economic policy to provide jobs and healthy communities," he said.

"Over a thirty year time period it is clear to see that the crime rate has mirrored the unemployment rate (see graph on next page from the Parliamentary library). That is why the Progressive Party has a strong early intervention policy based on the best evidence, matched with a strong economic development policy," Matt Robson said.

"As to the problem of getting the remaining unemployed into work - a section of those people are struggling with drug and alcohol problems. Progressive is campaigning to raise the drinking age to 20, and to increase work on the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse to address this problem.

"Early intervention work, as promoted by my About Time report (which is now being partially implemented by government), is an essential part of building safer communities, keeping children and young people away from crime, drug and alcohol abuse.

We are backing up our justice policy with forward thinking policies to get people into work, which we aim to implement in the next coalition government," Matt Robson said.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

TV3 Video: Key 'Genuinely Couldn't Recall' Texts
Reaction: Greens | More

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel.

Ludicrously, the public has been given exactly one day to make submissions on these major infringements of their civil liberties. Despite Finlayson’s misleading signals on RNZ that these are only stopgaps until next year’s full review of our security laws, the measures in question will not, in fact, expire until 2018.

Why the insane rush? Good question. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

White Ribbon Day: Govt Resumes Sexual Violence Trial Proceedings Work

Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to resume work on proposals for better supporting victims of sexual violence through the criminal process. The Law Commission will revisit its previous work on alternative pre-trial and trial processes to identify options for improving complainants’ experience in court. More>>

ALSO:

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news