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Labour fails on five law & order promises

Simon Power MP
National Party Justice & Corrections Spokesman

23 September 2008

Labour fails to deliver on five law & order promises

The Labour Government has failed on promises to deliver five important pieces of legislation on law and order, and nor do they seem to have any plans for the future, says National’s Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power.

“Labour claims they are on top of law and order, but the fact is they still haven’t passed laws they said they would.”

Those laws are:

• The Criminal Proceeds Bill, which was promised before the 2005 election.
• The Corrections Amendment Bill, which was introduced in June 2007 by their fifth Corrections Minister.
• The Legal Services Amendment Bill, which Justice Minister Annette King said would be introduced in May and passed soon after, but which is still to have its first reading.
• Electronic bail legislation, which Helen Clark announced in June, but which has yet to appear before Parliament.
• The amendment to the Domestic Violence Act, which Annette King said would be introduced in July but which also has not appeared.

“As well as all this, a victims' compensation scheme, which Helen Clark promised again at the beginning of the year, is still being considered by the Law Commission – 14 years after she first announced it.

“How can Labour continue to claim they’re on top of law and order when all these laws are still sitting around?

“How can they claim they’re acting on family violence – something they’ve been talking about for ages – when they can’t even organise an amendment to the Domestic Violence Act, which they promised would be introduced in July?

“It also looks like Labour are going to end this parliamentary term with no plans for the future for law and order.

“When the Prime Minister announced recently that ‘in the next few weeks I will be announcing significant new policies in critical areas’ she mentioned only health, education and housing. There was no mention of law and order.

“They have no new justice policies because they are out of ideas.”


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