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

 


Power long on rhetoric, short on facts – as usual

24 August, 2006

Power long on rhetoric, short on facts – as usual

Today's instalment of prison ramblings by National Party Law and Order spokesman Simon Power flies wide of the mark again, Corrections Minister Damien O'Connor said.

Mr Power said in a statement that the number prisoners testing positive for amphetamine-type drugs has increased since 1999.

"What he does not say is that this year random testing in prisons for all drug types returned the lowest number of positive results since testing began," Mr O'Connor said.

"To put it in perspective – in 1998, when National was mismanaging our prison system, 34 per cent of random drugs tests returned positive results. This year, the total fell to 15.6 per cent.

"The rise in use of P-type drugs in prisons unfortunately reflects a similar jump in the general community. In 1999, 'P' was little known in New Zealand."

The much-improved results were because of better detection, which has led to a 45 per cent increase in the amount of drugs and drug-related utensils confiscated in prisons in the last three years, Mr O'Connor said.

“In 2003, 1962 items were confiscated, while last year 2854 were removed. It should be no surprise that the improvements are due to a $1 billion investment in prisons by the Labour-led Government.

“In the last four years we have installed new security fences, electronic security devices, including cameras, fence motion detectors, pulsed infra red detection devices, closed circuit TV, video motion detectors, microwave sensors and security management systems.

“There has been increased surveillance at checkpoints and within prisons using drug dogs, television monitoring in visitor areas, scanning equipment and random searches."

Mr O'Connor said that while Corrections was doing an excellent job in slowing the supply of drugs to our prisons, the Labour-led Government was continuously looking for further improvements.

"The security of our prisons has improved dramatically over the past seven years, which as well as leading to a significant drop in escapes, has cut down markedly on drug use. This is very encouraging, but we are determined to keep improving."

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