Parliament

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

 

Don’t sell sex crime victims short


Charles
CHAUVEL
Justice Spokesperson


8 March 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

Don’t sell sex crime victims short

New Zealanders who suffer criminal sexual abuse should not have to undergo ‘revictimisation’ in court, says Labour’s Justice Spokesperson Charles Chauvel.

Charles Chauvel was commenting on reports today that Justice Minister Judith Collins plans to shelve reforms set in motion by her predecessor Simon Power, including moves to an inquisitorial system for victims of sexual crimes.

“This flies in the face of the need to make the justice system more sensitive to the needs of victims of crime,” Charles Chauvel said.

“We are not saying the victims shouldn’t be cross-examined, but that the system could be better.

“Judith Collins comments trivialise the work of the Family Court, and suggests that any existing problems can be resolved by the present review of that court.

“We would all like to see the Family Court functioning effectively, and Labour will support any moves that truly achieve that.

“But that is a completely different issue to the need to ensure that the criminal courts do justice to the victims of sexual offending – especially when those victims are vulnerable due to age or other circumstances. The system continues to fail them, and we must look at ways to do better by them.

“It is a rich irony that the Justice Select Committee started to hear submissions this morning on the Victims of Crime Reform Bill – a measure now in the name of Judith Collins – the day after she signalled the likely shelving of this initiative.

“We need to continue to consider ways to do real justice to the victims of crime – not simply shelve proposals that could make a difference, especially on the basis of spurious reasons,” Charles Chauvel said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell : On Dealing With Impeccable, Impeachable Lies

By now, the end game the Republican Senate majority has in mind in their setting of the rules for the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump is pretty clear to everyone: first deny the Democrats the ability to call witnesses and offer evidence, and then derisively dismiss the charges for lack of evidence. For his part, does former security adviser John Bolton really, really want to testify against his former boss? If there was any competing faction within the Republican Party, there might be some point for Bolton in doing so – but there isn’t. More>>

Published on Werewolf

 
 

WINZ Quarterly Report: More People Getting Into Work

The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said. More>>

ALSO:

Changing lives: Boost In Whānau Ora Funding

Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today. More>>

ALSO:


PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:


Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>

ALSO:

In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels