Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Brave New World For Our Children

“It seems despite all the recent tragedies concerning children, self-inflicted and otherwise, a Children’s Commissioner, Children and Young Persons Service and a host of other well-intentioned organisations that we are fighting a losing battle,” Graham Capill, Leader of Christian Heritage, said.

“Symptomatic of this is the sentence meted out at the Pukekohe District Court yesterday,” he says.

A 42 year old High School bus driver was convicted for selling cannabis to an undercover police officer, wearing a high school uniform.

The police had been tipped off that High School students were visiting the accused’s home – opposite the school gates – during their lunch hour. The undercover officer was able to buy a “tinnie” for $20.00. It was reported that students visited the house on a regular basis and bought cannabis. The accused was found guilty and sentenced to 60 hours community service.

Mr Capill continued, “Such a sentence is grossly inadequate and fails to protect children by sending all the wrong messages.”

“The correlation between marijuana and schizophrenia, the proven pathway to harder drugs, the increased risk of cancer, the diminution of motivation, appear to be inconsequential to our current Government and hence to those applying the law.”

“Extending the powers of the Commissioner of Children in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is farcical,” Mr Capill said. “Providing a further $2.8 million in the Budget for such things as raising awareness and understanding of children’s rights, giving children more say in decision-making, is misdirecting scarce resources. Christian Heritage pleads for a return to basic common sense principles in Government and judiciary.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote. We also acknowledge the men who supported the cause and voted for the Bill to pass.

“Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.

“Aotearoa New Zealand has a female Prime Minister, we have women in cabinet. And I’m here as Acting Minister because the Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter is on maternity leave. New Zealand is a good place to be a woman!” More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>


'Post-Settlement Era': Māori Crown Agency To Be Established

Cabinet has approved the final scope of the Māori Crown portfolio and agreed to establish an agency to oversee Government’s work with Māori in a post-settlement era, announced Crown/ Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Military Roles In Iraq & Afghanistan

The politics of the deployment extension have degenerated into a slanging match about whether the previous National government was right or wrong to make the initial commitment to Iraq – and whether the extension is a responsible thing given our joint training role in Iraq with Australia, or is hypocritical in the light of prior statements made by a previous Labour leader... More>>


Commissioner To Be Appointed: Govt To Dismiss Board Of Whitireia And WelTec

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to Whitireia and WelTec to address the two polytechnics’ financial woes. More>>


Open Government Action Plan: Government To Proactively Release Cabinet Papers

The Cabinet papers will be released no later than 30 business days after a Cabinet decision. This process will be in place for Cabinet papers lodged from 1 January 2019... More>>


NZ Initiative: Evidence Of "Huge" Government Waste

It is not so much that spending is being literally wasted. Rather the best performing countries are achieving much better outcomes relative to their spending. More>>





InfoPages News Channels