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

 


McVicar’s Murder Statistics Geared to Instill Public Fear

Media Release : Garth McVicar’s Murder Statistics Geared to Instill Public Fear


Date : 14th July 2014


Content:
Garth McVicar’s claim that murders in New Zealand had risen from 2 to 3 a year up to 160 a year is seriously wrong, says Kim Workman, spokesperson for Rethinking Crime and Punishment.

“Twice during his interview on National Radio yesterday with Wallace Chapman, he claimed there were currently 160 murders a year. In fact there were 34 murders in the 2011 fiscal year, 43 in 2012, and 47 last year. The figures fluctuate widely from year to year because the murder rate is low, and all you need is an episode like the 1990 Aramoana massacre, where 13 people were killed, to throw it out of kilter. As a rule of thumb, we have about 50 murders a year, and a total of about 100 homicides a year, (which include offences like manslaughter, dangerous driving causing death, and so on.)

“Garth continues to claim that the crime rate has risen steadily since the 1950’s. What he conveniently fails to acknowledge, is that while the crime rate rose steadily until 1990, it has dropped steadily over the last 25 years. The most accurate measure is not the numbers but the rate, i.e. murders per 100,000 population. The graph athttp://www.rethinking.org.nz/assets/Picture1.png shows a steady rise in the murder rate from 1953, the year of Garth’s birth - not that I’m holding him responsible. But what it also shows is a steady decline in the murder rate from 1985 to the present day, and in the crime rate from around 1990.”

“It is clear why Garth and the Sensible Sentencing Trust continue to mislead the public. The more fear they can instil into the hearts of New Zealanders, the greater public support they receive. He presents a picture of an idyllic New Zealand paradise in the 50’s which has steadily deteriorated. While values and attitudes have changed since then, the crime statistics don’t support that view. That is why he continues to distort the figures.”

References
Radio NZ Interview: http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/20141457
Murder Rate Bar Graph: http://www.rethinking.org.nz/assets/Picture1.png
Excel Sheet: http://www.rethinking.org.nz/assets/Murder_Rates_NZ.xlsx

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Team Behind Trump's Throne

Forget the Putin factor. Daily, the team of charlatans, bigots and stunningly ignorant crackpots that Trump is appointing to head key federal agencies is just as alarming. These are positions with vast power and budgetary discretion over policies that stand to affect tens of millions of vulnerable Americans. Sad! More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common. Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news