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


Judith Collins and Women’s Refuge – ‘Doing a Katie Bradford’

Media Release : Judith Collins and Women’s Refuge – ‘Doing a Katie Bradford’

Date : 30th July 2014


In Rethinking’s latest blog; http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/07/judith-collins-and-womens-refuge.html Kim Workman suggests that Ms Collins treatment of the Women’s Refuge in a recent Q and A interview, could spark a new slang term in the national lexicon – ‘Doing a Katie Bradford’.

The interview suggested that other women won’t go into the refuges because they accept women from gangs. There is no basis at all for that view, says Kim Workman.

“When you track the Minister’s views about crime and punishment over the last six years, one of the stand out messages is that some people are’ born bad’, and should not be spoken to – she counts gang members amongst that group.”

“Recent research shows that people who have that view, favour harsher punishments for crimes and decreased support for criminal rehabilitation. Follow-up studies corroborate these findings, and are able to predict the degree to which participants perceive the world to be dangerous and vile, and the perceived need for preemptive and militant aggression to control behaviour “

“When personal opinions of that kind influence public policy, the result can increase the likelihood of reoffending, rather than reduce it. It results in the emergence of policies and practices which attack the dignity and mana of offenders and prisoners; proposals for military style boot-camps for young offenders, the use of shipping containers as cells, doubling up of cells, increased lockdown hours, increased surveillance and control, and a risk-centric approach which treats prisoners and offenders as objects rather than people who are capable of transformation.”

“If a society cannot guarantee the equal worth of all its citizens, it cannot expect that all citizens will feel they have an equal stake in abiding by the law. Justice must be administered fairly, and promote confidence in the criminal justice system”.

Reference: http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/07/judith-collins-and-womens-refuge.html

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

    Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


    Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

    In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


    More On Corrections

    Gordon Campbell: On Putin’s Diplomatic Coup Over Syria

    There’s a simple historical precedent for what is occurring in Syria. During WWII, the Allies joined forces with a known butcher and tyrant – Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union – in order to defeat a greater evil, Nazi Germany… More>>


    Key 'Didn't Know': Brownlee Seeks Pandas In China

    While Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is in China pushing a taxpayer funded deal to bring two pandas to New Zealand, the country’s military look set to be hit with a pay freeze, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. More>>


    Scoop Business: GCSB Willing To Extend Cyber-Attack Programme To Local ISPs

    The Government Communications Security Bureau’s ‘Cortex’ cyber-security programme has been successful in helping identify and mitigate a series of cyber attacks since its introduction and an extension to cover local internet service providers is still on the cards... More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news