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

 


Students angry about lack of progress on IPCA investigation

14 May 2014

Students angry about lack of progress on Independent Police Conduct Authority investigation, preparing further protest

Students are angry that nearly 2 years on from beginning an investigation into the police response to a protest against the National Party’s education policies, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has still not released its findings.

After students protested education cuts in the 2012 budget, Finance Minister Bill English taunted students saying "they need some Greeks to show them how to do it."

In response students took to the streets again on June 1st 2012 to continue protesting cuts to tertiary education, which included cutting eligibility for student allowances and increasing the loan repayment rate.

The police responded by arresting 43 students, provoking anger from students at the police’s extreme tactics.

A complaint by a group of law students to the Independent Police Conduct Authority led to an indepth investigation into police behaviour.

However, nearly 2 years on, the IPCA has still not released its report.

Student Guy Cohn says, “Whilst we wait for the outcome of this report, the National government continues to rely on the police’s use of intimidatory tactics to supress protest against its policies.”

However, Cohn says, “We will not be intimidated.”

On Thursday students will return to the corner of Symonds St and Grafton Road in Auckland, where the 2012 protests occurred.

They will live stream Bill English’s budget speech at 2pm and respond by preparing banners and placards for a protest planned for Friday.

On Friday at 11am students will rally outside the University of Auckland Library, before marching to Sky City where John Key will be delivering a post-Budget address.

At Sky City students will be joining a protest with Auckland Action Against Poverty, against the National government’s policies on welfare, education and housing.

“This government is not ruling in the interests of the poor, working people, or students; it is ruling in the interests of a small minority who are accumulating ever more wealth at the expense of everyone else,” says Cohn.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On First Time Voting (Centre Right)

For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.

One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:

As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.

But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

SURVEILLANCE:

Election Ad Soundtrack: Rapper Eminem Sues National Party Over Copyright Breach

US rapper Eminem is suing the New Zealand National Party for alleged copyright infringement over unauthorised use of the rapper’s ‘Lose Yourself’ song in an election campaign advertisement. More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Election Chartering: Four New Partnership Schools To Open

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government has signed contracts to open four new Partnership Schools in 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf 50 Out Now - The Election Issue: Loss Leaders

Gordon Campbell: A third term requires a mature decision, with eyes wide open. It calls for a conscious vote of confidence… Without trying hard here are about 19 reasons, in no particular order, for not ticking ‘party vote’ National. More>>

ALSO:

Not-Especially New Plans: All Prisons To Become Working Prisons Under National

All public prisons in New Zealand will become full working prisons by 2017, and ex-prisoners will receive post-release drug addiction treatment if National is returned to government, says Corrections Spokesperson Anne Tolley. More>>

ALSO:

Māngere: "False Claim Of Matai Title" - Labour

National must explain why its candidate for Māngere Misa Fia Turner appears to be using a Matai title she is not entitled to, Labour’s MP for Māngere and Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. A Matai title is a legally-recognised ... More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: No New Zealand Child Should Grow Up In Poverty

Child Poverty Action Group's flagship policy publication Our Children, Our Choice: Priorities for Policy calls for cross party political agreement to underpin an action plan to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On National’s Phantom Tax Cut Package

Hmmm. So National’s tax cuts package turns out to be one of those television advertisements that screams a headline promise – perfect skin! a youth tonic that works! – while in very small print there’s an out clause: special conditions may apply. More>>

ALSO:

Water: New Marine Reserves On West Coast Opened

Five new marine reserves were officially opened by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith on the West Coast of the South Island to protect a range of marine ecosystems for conservation, science and recreation. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news