Parliament

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

 

Labour too slow on help for victims of crime

Simon Power MP
National Party Justice & Corrections Spokesman

25 September 2008

Labour too slow on help for victims of crime

Labour should be ashamed that they’ve left it till six weeks before the election at the end of their third term to do anything much for the victims of crime, says National’s Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power.

“But even then their response is hardly anything to be proud of.

“The freephone information line and the website are probably useful tools, but the fact that they’ve only just got around to establishing a Victims’ Charter is little short of a disgrace, considering Helen Clark first announced it in 1994 – 14 years ago.

“This is indicative of Labour’s paralysis concerning victims.

“They’ve had six years to introduce serious and useful initiatives since the Victims’ Rights Act 2002 but they’ve done virtually nothing until now.

“Where are the real tangible moves that will help victims? Such as:

• A victim compensation scheme.
• A levy on prisoners to go to their victims.
• A victim Services Centre.
• A victim notification register that works.
• A review of the Victims Rights Act.

“These are all things that National proposed six months ago.

“And where are the initiatives they’ve been promising? Such as:

• A victims’ compensation scheme. All we’ve heard about is a discussion document that is buried somewhere in the Law Commission.
• The Legal Services Amendment Bill, which was designed to stop people like Karl Kuchenbecker’s widow receiving a $19,000 bill for legal aid. Annette King told the Sensible Sentencing Trust in April it would be introduced in May and passed soon after, but it still hasn’t had its first reading.

“After nine years, that is an abysmal record.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Not Easy: Gordon Campbell On The Greens’ Ongoing Problems

Hard to treat the Greens’ belated decision to stand a candidate in Ohariu as being anything other than a desperation move, by a party whose own leadership is evidently concerned about its chances of survival...

A few months ago, the Greens felt able to forego that role in Ohariu in order to help a beleaguered Labour Party get its candidate Greg O’Connor across the line, and knock Peter Dunne out of the parliamentary frame. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need... More>>

Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election