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


Greens call on Auditor-General to investigate police

24 October 2013

Greens call on Auditor-General to investigate police

The Auditor-General needs to investigate how police made errors that could have seen criminals escape justice, the Green Party said today.

Today Parliament was required for a second time to pass retrospective legislation to remedy an error that meant many police officers were operating without legal authority.

“The Green Party has written to the Auditor-General seeking an inquiry into the police’s failure to administer their own law,” Green Party justice spokesperson David Clendon said.

“It is remarkable, and to our knowledge unprecedented, that Parliament should need to pass retrospective legislation twice to ensure that police actions could not be subject to legal challenge.

“The fact that Parliament has twice had to intervene must shake the public’s confidence in the police.

“The Auditor-General needs to look into how police failed to correctly administer their own Act on these two occasions.

“Simply passing the law doesn’t answer the question of why this happened or assure the public that it will not happen again.

“While on the face of it, the error may seem insignificant. In reality, the ability of the police to administer their own legislation is significant.

“Of all organisations, the police need most to show they have the administrative capacity to act within the law and their inability to do so requires an independent investigation to find out why,” said Mr Clendon.

A copy of the letter to the Auditor-General: https://www.greens.org.nz/sites/default/files/letter_to_the_auditor-general.pdf


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Gordon Campbell: On John Key’s Trip To Iraq

In the embedded press coverage on this trip, the absence so far of any evaluation of the wider context of what New Zealand thinks it is doing at Camp Taji has been striking. More>>


Labour: Parata Puts Brakes On Charter School Appraisal

“When the Ministry of Education recommended they compare the achievements of children at charter schools to those of their counterparts at state schools, the documents show Hekia Parata specifically prohibited them from doing so." More>>


Bad Day For Universities: Gun, Bomb Threats On Three Campuses

Dunedin Police are continuing their investigation into the threat made against the University of Otago. Staff are following a number of lines of inquiry, and police are working to verify the authenticity and source of the post. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Deal Reached In Atlanta

Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative baggage of the concessions in the non-trade areas (intellectual property, copyright extensions, investor-state dispute mechanisms etc) that the TPP deal also brings in its wake. More>> (Cartoon by Dave Wolland)

Public Summaries:


Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Pre-Signing: Gordon Campbell On The TPP Countdown

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news