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Disappointment over effort to protect children


New Zealand First says the lack of support in Parliament for the rights of children who are exposed to crime on a regular basis is disappointing.

Spokesperson for corrections and social policy Le’aufa’amulia Asenati Lole-Taylor says members of both Labour and National failed to support the Sentencing (Protection of Children from Criminal Offending) Amendment Bill in the Law and Order Select Committeee today.

“Children can suffer immensely when they live in an environment where criminal activities are the norm.

“This Bill aims to ensure the courts take a dim view of these circumstances. It focuses on saving the lives of neglected young children, often being talked about while ignoring their plight.

“There are just too many instances of children being found living in a P-house - adults must be held to account for their disregard of youngsters.

“We are disappointed that members of Parliament suggest that courts already consider a child’s presence at a crime scene and a law is unnecessary. This is not the case.

“We feel that children have a right to be protected by the letter of the law and a vote of support for this bill when it returns to parliament will reflect our true regard for children’s well-being,” says Mrs Lole-Taylor.

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