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


“Three Strikes” Would Have Saved Liam Ashley

“Three Strikes” Would Have Saved Liam Ashley

If New Zealand had a “Three Strikes” law Liam Ashley and many other murder victims would still be alive today says the Sensible Sentencing Trust.

In a statement released today the Trust said Charlie George Baker who was jailed for 18 years for Liam’s murder had a long list of previous convictions – many for serious violent offences – and should not have been on the streets to commit yet another crime.

Trust spokesman Garth McVicar said that most crime in this country was committed by repeat offenders who had simply been recycled by the Courts, “This has been made possible by a criminal friendly legal system introduced by weak-kneed spineless politicians and legislators”.

“Liam Ashley’s death and many other victim deaths can be laid directly at the door of a Parliament that has been hi-jacked by a love-thy-crim mentality; we do not need to go far back in history to see where this pathetic warm-fuzzy movement has got us”.

“In 1951 [the year I was born] New Zealand had 2 Million people with only 2 homicides and only 200 [yes 200] violent offences, 56 years later we have a 4 million population and approximately 100 violent deaths per year and over 50,000 violent offences and 3271 sexual offences and 53,000 cases of child abuse”.

Mr. McVicar said that New Zealand had become a land full of criminals with tourists being mugged, raped or murdered on a frequent basis and criminals now encroaching on every aspect of a law-abiding citizen’s daily life. “Our figures show an expected 1200 violent offenders will be eligible for parole in 2007 and going on past history 900 of these will re-offend”.

“The Sensible Sentencing Trust believes the love-thy-crim social experiment has failed and we will be stepping up our call for a “Three strikes” policy to be adopted to ensure repeat offenders are held accountable for their crimes”.

“While politicians dither more innocent Kiwi’s are dying, Charlie George Baker may be serving the prison sentence but it is Parliament and weak spineless politicians that have Liam Ashley’s blood on their hands.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On What We Could Do For Hong Kong, If Only We Dared

There has been something repulsive about PM Jacinda Ardern’s assurances that our joint 5 Eyes criticism of China’s actions over Hong Kong – and China’s harsh reaction – are all well understood on both sides. According to Ardern, it has been a case of us saying the sort of things we’ve said before, them acknowledging our need to do so, and then them responding much as we would expect them to do. All neat and tidy. Frankly, if all of this is merely virtue signalling on our part, and huffy declarations of independence on their part, then what’s the point of this diplomatic dance..? More>>


New Zealand Government: Speech From The Throne

It is my privilege to exercise the prerogative of Her Majesty the Queen and open the 53rd Parliament.
In the October election, New Zealanders elected a majority Government for the first time under our Mixed Member Proportional electoral system... More>>

Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>


Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>


Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>


APEC: New Zealand Ready To Host Virtually

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels