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

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

#Kexit: Prime Minister John Key Announces Resignation

Prime Minister John Key has announced that he’s resigning as Prime Minister in seven days’ time. He made the unexpected announcement at a 12.45 press conference at Parliament, called with less than an hour’s notice.

“It has been an enormous privilege to be Prime Minister of New Zealand, and these last eight years have been an incredible experience. Throughout these years I have given everything I could to this job that I cherish, and this country that I love...“ More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

 

Q+A: Labour's Michael Wood Wins Mt Roskill

Labour’s Michael Wood, who last night won a 6,000 vote majority in the Mt Roskill by-election, says the reason for the win was simple, clear messaging... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Anne Tolley’s Callous Folly

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

ALSO:

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news