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


Prisons report shows National was right

Simon Power
National Party Law & Order Spokesman

14 December 2005

Prisons report shows National was right

National’s Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power, says the Ombudsman’s report on the Corrections Department confirms what National has been saying all along about overcrowding and a decline in the employment hours of inmates.

“We have been pointing out to this Government our concerns over the serious overcrowding and the decrease in funding and work hours for inmate work programmes, but they have simply dismissed us.

“Maybe the Ombudsman’s report will bring home to Minister Damien O’Connor the seriousness of the situation, or hasn’t he noticed the reports of prisoners jammed into police and court cells, and into prison vans in streets?

“It also appears Mr O’Connor and his department have been engaged in a bit of truth-stretching, with the Ombudsman saying they have not been revealing the true picture of the state of work programmes.

It says: ‘We have been forced to conclude that the reality of the situation is far removed from the optimistic picture that seems to be presented by the Annual Reports.’

“It is time Damien O’Connor and his department started providing the public with the true story.

“The prison officers know it, the Ombudsman knows it, and National knows it, so perhaps Mr O’Connor will stop playing politics and will start admitting it to himself.

“He says he will address concerns over inmate employment over the next three years, but this is more urgent than that. The prison population is continuing to grow and this will put more pressure on our prisons and on our staff.

“Action is needed now. We can’t wait three years for this Minister to prove himself,” says Mr Power.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>




Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>


Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>


Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election