Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Wilson's Law Made Easy

8 September 2000

WILSON'S LAW MADE EASY

United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne, today released an initiative to facilitate the payment of compensation in line with the ground-breaking precedent set by the Mangaroa prisoners.

"This law, known as "Wilson's Law" allows the State to pay large sums of money to anyone unfortunate enough to have been the victim of an assault", Mr Dunne said today.

"I am quite sure that the uncontested allowance made to these prison inmates was not made on the basis of the existence of a couple of strands of barbed wire and a few watch towers. The fact that these victims were on one side of the prison walls had nothing to do with the principles of justice in this case.

"Hence I have designed a brief form for ALL victims to fill out so they too may receive their state-funded compensatory payment.

"Ms Wilson is also expected to write to each victim, on behalf of the State, apologising for the assault and promising that the Government will try and do better in the future.


.......................................Cut here.........................................

FREEPOST
Hon Margaret Wilson
Parliament Buildings
WELLINGTON


Dear Ms Wilson,

I was the victim of a vicious assault by .......................
.............................................

In line with your new policy of compensating and formally apologising to people suffering such attacks, I hereby apply for compensation of $100,000 and an apology from the Crown on the same basis as the Mangaroa prisoners.


..................................... (Signed)
......................................(Name)
......................................(Address)
......................................
......................................


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Compensating Afghan Civilian Casualties

Reportedly, there have been nine incidents resulting in 17 civilian deaths and injuries (seven of the dead were children) caused by ordnance left behind on what used to be the firing range of our Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamiyan province.

Given that the NZ Defence Force has needed to be hauled kicking and screaming into belatedly arranging an adequate clean-up of its old firing range… what would it take before New Zealand offers to pay compensation to the families of those who suffered death and injury from what was left behind on our watch? More>>

 

Fossil Fuel Investment: ACC Must Lead On Climate Change

As the largest publicly owned investor in New Zealand, the ACC board should divest from fossil fuels, demonstrating our leadership role on climate change, Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick said today. More>>

ALSO:

Total Officers, Up Less: Coalition's 1800 New Police Officers

The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. More>>

ALSO:

Predator Free: $3.5m For New Pest Controls

New Zealand First is proud to announce the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has allocated $3.5 million to develop innovative predator control approaches which will reduce the need for repeated 1080 use. More>>

ALSO:

Children's Day: Commissioner Calls For Govt Commitment

“Three decades on, we are able to celebrate some significant changes for children like the recent launch of a Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. But we still have a long way to go to prioritise children’s rights.” More>>

ALSO:

Elections: Proposed Electorate Boundaries Released

The Representation Commission is proposing changes to half of New Zealand’s electorates and establishing a new electorate in south Auckland… More>>

ALSO:

"Effectively A Permanent Amnesty": Final Month For Gun Ban Compensation

The firearms buy-back comes to an end a month from today, but the police say the amnesty for returning banned guns will continue into next year and beyond. More>>

ALSO:


SPECIAL GUNS FOR FOREIGN SECURITY:


MORE ARMED POLICE:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels