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

 


Minister’s move simply a hunt for headlines

Charles
CHAUVEL
Justice Spokesperson
9 November 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

Minister’s move simply a hunt for headlines

Labour is questioning whether Justice Minister Judith Collins is serious about trying to combat domestic violence, says Labour’s Justice spokesperson Charles Chauvel.

“Problems with the enforcement of existing protection orders, and a lack of consultation with key groups over a proposed new one, have raised questions about the Minister’s true intentions,” Charles Chauvel said.

Yesterday afternoon, Judith Collins announced that she would propose an amendment to the Harassment Act to create a new type of restraining order to prevent offenders from living near their victims.

“This morning, it was confirmed that there had been little consultation about the proposal, and warnings that it could create, rather than close, existing loopholes in the law.

"There is a major problem at the moment with enforcing existing tools to protect people from violence and harassment. In response to questions from me earlier this year, the Ministry of Justice revealed that 8902 people were convicted of breaching protection orders between
2007 and 2010.

"But Judith Collins is in denial about the problem. In March, I asked her a question in Parliament about the widespread breach of protection orders and her response was: "I have had a look at the breaching rates on them and, actually, they are not anywhere near what anyone else would expect.

"Now, instead of taking steps to deal with the existing problem, which is the proper enforcement of the current law, Judith Collins - with little or no prior stakeholder consultation - has announced a new type of order.

"Labour supports any meaningful step that makes people at risk of violence safer. Judith Collins is just chasing headlines,” Charles Chauvel says.

labour.org.nz

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

InternetNZ On Snowden Docs: Mass Collection Of Pacific Data Affects Kiwi Holidaymakers

The allegation that New Zealand has conducted mass data harvesting on its Pacific Island neighbours raises concerns about New Zealanders’ communications being collected, says InternetNZ.

“If the allegations are correct, then New Zealand would be mining data about everyone in the Pacific Islands named in the allegations. That’s everyone. Not just individuals who attract specific surveillance warrants, but everyone. This means local residents to visiting Kiwi tourists could be having their data collected." More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Teina Pora Wins Appeal: Gordon Campbell On The Privy Council Decision

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system... More>>

ALSO:

Urgent Bill Planned: MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news