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Where are Labour’s law & order policies?

Simon Power MP
National Party Justice & Corrections Spokesman

4 November 2008

Where are Labour’s law & order policies?

National’s Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power, cannot believe Labour has released virtually no law and order policy with just days to go to the election.

“Labour has so far made just one law and order announcement during the campaign – and that was to announce the formation of yet another committee into organised crime.

“Does Labour really think things are so good that there’s no need to keep working on new ideas? Because that’s what it looks like.

The reality is very different. Violent crime is running 47% higher than when Labour first came to office, with the escalating level of violent youth crime pointing to a real problem in the future, while gangs and the spread of methamphetamine remain a scourge on our society.

“Labour seem oblivious to all this. While National has been releasing new policy initiatives, they’ve done nothing.

“National have made eight announcements, covering more police numbers and enhanced police tools, a crackdown on gangs, help for victims, initiatives to cut youth crime, making it harder to get parole, bail, and home detention, increased penalties for crimes against children, and more rehabilitation and work in prisons.

“New Zealanders want immediate action on these matters and National is ready to go.

“Labour’s lack of policy suggests they are happy with just more of the same.

“Not only have they produced nothing new, but this year has been notable for their list of 10 broken promises, most of which involved legislation on crimes against children, gangs, victims, prison contraband, domestic violence, youth crime, prisoner compensation.

“They failed to pass any of this into law, despite having ample opportunity.

“That’s a shameful list of broken promises, some of them stretching back as far as 1994.

“Couple all this with their lack of policy and compare it to National’s ready-to-go policy, and the public can make up their own mind.

“Can New Zealanders say they feel safer now than when Labour became Government, and is it worth the risk of giving Labour another term?”


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