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 Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point.

By ‘some quarters’, I mean (a) RadioLive host Sean Plunket who called Catton a “traitor” and (b) Prime Minister John Key who dismissed her views as being those of a typical Green Party supporter, which is apparently almost as bad.

In context, Catton seemed to be talking about the mixed feelings she felt after what she had created suddenly becoming a kind of public property claimed by the entire country and its leaders. That must feel weird at any time, in any place. Catton evidently finds it particularly alienating when the government of the day has shown little interest in the arts beyond their promotional/economic value. More>>

 

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads. This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD. More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith's Claims Don't Match Evidence - Greens

The Motu group’s research into the impacts of planning rules looked at the costs related to housing development but not the benefits of environmental protections and does not recommend significant changes to the RMA to reduce the cost of new house builds. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news