Parliament

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

 

Dealers should pay for endangering children

Friday, 26 November 2004

Turner: Meth makers, dealers should pay for endangering children

Methamphetamine manufacturers and dealers should have the damage and danger of their products to children and unborn children factored into their jail sentences, United Future family affairs spokeswoman Judy Turner said today. Speaking out after news that the number of referrals to the alcohol, drug and pregnancy team at the National Women’s Hospital, in Auckland, involving meth users has risen more than five-fold since 2001, Mrs Turner said there should be no way manufacturers and dealers are distanced from the full damage that their crime inflicts.

“Where users are either pregnant or have children at risk in their homes, let’s have dealers and manufacturers as the true first defendants,” she said. “If they weren’t making and selling these drugs, that particularly evil damage and danger wouldn’t be inflicted on children, born and unborn.

“This is about protecting our young; protecting our families, and in no way diminishes the individual responsibility on parents and pregnant mums in particular, to not use drugs.” “Such drug use around or in anyway involving families should be treated by the judiciary as an aggravating factor and be reflected as such in sentencing,” she said.

The worst such cases involve parents with P labs in their homes. “There is no excuse whatsoever to have children running around in a home that police, when they bust these places, will not enter without full chemical-protection suits. And yet we often have toddlers crawling around on their hands and knees in such homes. There is no excuse for any parent to do this ever!”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Budget 2022


At base, the political biffo back and forth on the merits of Budget 2022 comes down to only one thing. Who is the better manager of the economy and better steward of social wellbeing – National or Labour? In its own quiet way, the Treasury has buried a fascinating answer to the “who’s best at running an economy during a crisis?” question, at page 57 of the Fiscal Strategy section...
More>>



 
 

Government: Helps Supermarket Shoppers Get A Fair Deal
Urgent Budget night legislation to stop major supermarkets blocking competitors from accessing land for new stores has been introduced today, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said... More>>


Budget 2022: A Secure Future In Difficult Times
Budget 2022 will help build a high wage, low emissions economy that provides greater economic security, while providing support to households affected by cost of living pressures... More>>

ALSO:

Budget: Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security
The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment... More>>

ALSO:



National: Jacqui Dean To Retire From Parliament In 2023

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has announced that she will not be seeking re-election at the 2023 election. “I have advised the President and Leader of the National Party that I have decided not to put my name forward... More>>

Classification Office: Following Decision To Ban Manifesto The Buffalo Mass Shooting Livestream Is Now Banned
The livestream video of yesterday’s mass shooting in the United States has now been banned, Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced this morning. The decision follows on from his decision yesterday to call in and ban the ‘manifesto... More>>

Borders: New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back
New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels