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

 

Nandor’s Clean Slate Bill Would Have Worked


Nandor’s Clean Slate Bill Would Have Worked

The Criminal Record (Clean Slate) Bill (CSB), initially proposed by Green MP Nandor Tanczos, would wipe minor convictions from the public record after seven years of non-offending.

What's currently proposed however is not a clean slate because nothing is expunged. Since it's about concealing records of minor offences, a more honest name would be 'The Criminal Records (Concealment) Bill'.

The Bill sets a dangerous precedent by assuming there is benefit in concealing wrongdoing rather than having everything out in the open. It would appear to have the consequence of putting an offender on the same level as someone who hasn't broken the law through encouraging trust in that offender by either an individual or the public, that is unwarranted and possibly dangerous. Another consequence will be to further undermine the community-honoured values of trust and honesty, by encouraging exactly the opposite. Legalising such dishonest practises has potentially dangerous consequences for employers, associates and any member of the public who interacts in good faith with the offender. Like so much legislation, the CSB appears compassionate but it actually opens the door to worse problems than the one it is trying to solve by placing criminals’ rights above those of the public, who become potential victims. These decisions must be made by the public because it is us, more than the politicians, who will ultimately be affected by them. If you agree with making Referrendums on such issues legally binding on Government, please register your support in the petition at www.votersvoice.org.nz

Yours faithfully

Carl McIntyre – Palmerston North, NZ

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election