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

 


CTV probe another reason for new law

Andrew LITTLE
Justice Spokesperson                        

25 February 2014                                                         MEDIA STATEMENT

CTV probe another reason for new law  

A corporate manslaughter law would have ensured some accountability for the deaths of the 115 people who died in the collapse of the CTV building, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says.

Police investigating the building’s collapse during the February 2011 earthquake have engaged an expert engineering firm to review technical information as part of an on-going assessment to determine whether any criminal investigation should begin into the collapse. 

“Families of those who died in the building have had little solace so far, despite a Royal Commission.

“Current law means police have to determine whether a crime has been committed by an individual.

“A corporate manslaughter law would deal with collective failures of governance and management, and would apply in cases such as this and at Pike River. Someone would be held accountable.

“Unfortunately the Government has ignored a recommendation from its own health and safety taskforce and decided not to introduce legislation that would have criminalised these awful failures.

"If my proposed corporate manslaughter were in force in 2011, it would mean organisations with statutory and other legal responsibilities, such as the council and the engineer, could be prosecuted and the culpability of individuals would be addressed in sentencing.

"Labour is committed to introducing a manslaughter law on election to government."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news