Parliament

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

 

Delays fuel the need for prison complaints body

30 November 2006

Delays fuel the need for independent prison complaints body

Green Party Justice Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos has strongly criticized the delays in releasing the official report into the prison van death of North Shore teenager Liam Ashley - and said that the handling of the investigation underlines the need to create an Independent Prison Inspectorate willing and able to speedily investigate incidents involving Corrections officials.

"This in-house report was initially supposed to be released on October 20, and then delayed until November 30. Now, Liam's father has had to rely on the media to tell him that the report is still only in draft form and will be released sometime, date unspecified," Nandor says.

"This is an outrage. The Ashley family deserve far better treatment than this from the system that contributed to Liam's death. The delays in releasing the report give the impression that the investigation may be more about shielding the Corrections department from blame, than about identifying where the responsibility lies, and giving the family an explanation..

"For nearly two years, the Greens have been stressing the need for an Independent Prison Inspectorate, so that complaints can be dealt with fully, fairly and speedily. Justice must not only be done, but be seen to be done.

"Obviously, this is not happening with the Ashley case, and the investigation so far only highlights the shortcomings in the current system for handling prison complaints," Nandor says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whitall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election