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

 

Labour Backs Repeat Violent And Sexual Offenders

“Labour is backing some of New Zealand’s worst repeat violent and sexual offenders”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

TVNZ reported this evening that, not only is Labour intending to repeal ACT’s three strikes legislation, it might also legislate to allow second and third strikers to be re-sentenced.

“Labour says the law isn’t working, but it’s not yet possible to come to that conclusion.

“It takes time for a repeat offender to commit three strike offences and serve their sentences, and judges have applied the ‘manifestly unjust’ provision far more than Parliament intended.

“The Ministry of Justice has said:

‘…it is too soon to evaluate the full effects of the law.’

“But there’s also preliminary evidence that three strikes is having a deterrent effect:

‘…in comparison with second strikeable offences committed before the law came into effect, there has been a drop in the number of second strike offences since the law’s implementation.’

“In any case, incapacitation, and not deterrence, is the primary purpose of the law. Three strikes is keeping New Zealanders safe by locking repeat offenders away for longer.

“But this isn’t about the evidence for Labour – it’s on an ideological power trip. The former Justice Minister called three strikes a ‘fascist’ law.

“Labour is also considering allowing hundreds of second and third strike offenders to be re-sentenced, meaning criminals would be let out of jail early.

“Our priority should be the victims, not the offenders. The worst offenders should get proper sentences.

“ACT will defend three strikes because it is keeping New Zealanders safe and because we stand for the rights of victims.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether We Should Be Betting Quite So Heavily On Astra Zeneca’s Covid Vaccine

According to this week’s Speech from the Throne, maintaining public safety during the pandemic will remain the government’s top priority. Next year will (hopefully) bring the rolling out of a free vaccination against Covid-19 to New Zealander. Currently, there are three possible vaccine contenders but the effectiveness of the vaccine will be only one of the factors determining which vaccine will pre-dominate. On the basis of the cost per dose, and the ease of manufacture, storage and distribution, the Astra Zeneca/Oxford University vaccine will almost certainly be the prime choice for New Zealand, at least initially... 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:


New Zealand Government: To Declare A Climate Emergency

The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every aspect of our lives and the type of planet our children will inherit ... More>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels