Parliament

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

 

ACT Welcomes Withers Referendum

Wednesday 7th July 1999
Patricia Schnauer
Media Release -- Justice

ACT Justice Spokesman Patricia Schnauer today congratulated Christchurch man Norm Withers on his petition that will see a referendum on reform of the Justice system held at the general election. "I applaud Norm Withers and particularly his mother Nan whose courage will help to protect others.

"The petition will ask New Zealanders whether the justice system should place more emphasis on the needs of victims who suffer at the hands of criminals. I believe that for too long we have put the rights of criminals above the rights of the community to be protected.

"The voice of victims must be given more weight not only in sentencing, but also in bail applications and restoration.

"Criminals are getting off too lightly. New Zealanders are sick and tired of seeing criminals walking free from prison after serving just a fraction of their Court imposed sentences. For serious crimes like threatening to kill, criminals are on average serving just 9% of the maximum sentence for that crime.

Between 1994 and 1998 2141 people were convicted of threatening to kill or do grievous bodily harm, 7 years maximum, (home invasion maximum 10 years.) Of the 2141 convicted, only 487 or 23% were sent to prison and served on average 7.9 months in jail. Just 9% of the maximum, but, 151 of those offenders only served 3 months in jail or 3.5% of the maximum sentence of seven years.

"It is time we sent a very strong message to criminals that if they commit the crime they will do the time. New Zealanders expect the Courts to be doing that through appropriate sentences.

"The Withers petition gives law and order the weight it deserves on the national agenda. It is time the politicians and the Courts listened to what New Zealanders expect of the Justice system," said Patricia Schnauer.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Hong Kong Protest Movement

Nearly ten weeks after the huge Hong Kong protests began, managing to still get 1.7 million people onto the streets in the rain is a testament to how strong the pro-democracy movement has become...

The pro-democracy protests enjoy huge support among Hong Kong’s youth, partly because the democratic systems currently at risk have only a limited time span. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Welfare: More Measures To Help Those Facing Homelessness

Ministers have announced $54 million in Government funding for initiatives which will support at-risk individuals and whānau to stay in their existing tenancies. The funding will also provide additional wrap around services. More>>

ALSO:


Corrections: New Strategy On Māori Reoffending And imprisonment

Authentic co-design with Māori, incorporating a Te Ao Māori worldview, and greater connectedness with whānau are key elements of Hōkai Rangi, Corrections’ new departmental strategy designed to address the long-term challenge of Māori reoffending and imprisonment. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific Island Forum: Australia v Everyone Else On Climate Action

Traditionally, communiques capture the consensus reached at the meeting. In this case, the division on display between Australia and the Pacific meant the only commitment is to commission yet another report into what action needs to be taken. More>>

ALSO:

Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>

ALSO:

Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>

ALSO:

Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels