Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NZ Criminal Procedures Bill passes second reading...

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NZ Criminal Procedures Bill passes second reading

Just because you may be famous will be no guarantee of getting name suppression if law changes before Parliament are passed.

Just because you may be famous will be no guarantee of getting name suppression if law changes before Parliament are passed.

Rules around suppression are being tightened in the Criminal Procedures Bill which has passed its second reading in Parliament by 110 votes to 11.

Justice Minister Simon Power says the Bill contains measures that will help address name suppression concerns around so-called celebrities.

"By providing that there is no presumption of extreme hardship solely on the ground that the defendant is well known or famous or think they are."

Labour MP Charles Chauvel is endorsing the Government's decision to loosen its original restrictions around access to jury trials, and also its change of heart on making inroads into a defendant's right to silence.

He says it's an ancient principle of our justice system that the prosecution's job is to prove an offence.

"The State has enormous resources which it can deploy in the detection and punishment of alleged offences, and when it does so there has to be some balancing."

Charles Chauvel says the right to silence is one of the most important of those.

The legislation will have its third and final reading after the election.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Gormless optomist NZ prime minister has apparently done it again...

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PM's  coalmine joke falls flat.  Some consider him a proper dickhead. That's their opinion I guess.

Prime Minister John Key's humour fell a little flat this morning when he suggested that Australia could give New Zealand a coalmine if the New Zealand Warriors won the NRL grand final against Manly on Sunday.

He said he made the suggestion to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard last night when the pair had been texting each other.

They were working out what they could put up as prizes for a winning bet.

"It's got to be something useful," he said. "It's hard to swap ties when one side doesn't wear a tie. I suggested a coalmine actually - they've got a few in Australia.

"We can give her the pavlova recipe."

"Anyway we're working it out," he said before before heading into National's weekly caucus meeting.

Australia's mining boom has helped to keep it out of recession during the global financial crisis and Mr Key was likely referring to that.

But the mention of coalmines in New Zealand at present is synonymous with tragedy with the Pike River mining disaster being relived at the hearing of the Royal Commission of Inquiry in Greymouth.

...he's incredible isn't he? In the wake of the Pike River tragedy he's making tasteless coal mine bets? It's not the first time he's shown the vacant unawareness of a methadone patient. Remember when he made the International press headlines with his hilarious thigh-slapping- country-club-good-'ole-boy Maori cannibalism jokes? When it comes to race relations comedy, John Key is like a white Chris Rock minus the humor, intelligence, grace, appreciation of historical injustice and dress sense.

Then there was his cringe worthy impersonation of gay mincing on the catwalk...

...and let's not forget his recent attacking of critics of party central during the RWC opening ceremony 30 minutes before downtown Auckland became a public safety hazard. Apparently after telling NZers to come to party central, come to party central, come to party central, come to party central, come to party central, come to party central, come to party central, come to party central for three years, when everyone came to party centrally it all became Len Browns fault.

John Key's humor is as amusing as a tumor. Personally his claim this week that marijuana is a 'gate way drug' was my high point of hilarity. A gate way drug to what? Dominos Pizza? For Key to attempt the moral high ground on Marijuana while backing down on any meaningful alcohol reform is about as credible as his sad Dad jokes are funny.
Acknowledgements: Bomber 's Blog
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

NZ politics this week...
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Charities brace for homeless spike in New Zealand

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Charities brace for new homeless spike in New Zealand...
Social services are bracing for another spike in homelessness as Housing New Zealand withdraws from looking after its tenants' social needs.
Housing NZ chief executive Dr Lesley McTurk has told the corporation's 1100 staff that staff numbers will be cut by about 100 as the agency's focus narrows down to managing its 70,000 state houses.
"We will no longer have a role to assist individuals with their wider social needs. We will concentrate on their accommodation needs," she said.
Most tenancy managers will become "fully mobile" by next September, reporting from their cars to five home bases in central and South Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch.
All tenant calls to tenancy managers will be diverted to two national call centres.
Some 144 jobs will be axed and 339 existing staff will compete for 187 other jobs. This overall cut of 296 will be offset by 130 new jobs, including a new 37-person call centre in Auckland as well as the existing centre in Porirua.
The agency has also axed work in its eight "community renewal" projects in the Auckland suburbs of Northcote, Talbot Park, Wiri and Clendon and in Otangarei (Whangarei), Fordlands (Rotorua), Porirua East (Wellington) and Aranui (Christchurch).
"The corporation will continue to deliver tenancy management services in these areas, but there will be no new funding for community development," it said.
John McCarthy, social services manager for the Methodist Mission's Lifewise agency which looks after Auckland's homeless, said the changes would drive more vulnerable tenants on to the streets.
"The great risk for organisations like us and others working in the area of homelessness and emergency accommodation is that we are going to see more people in Housing NZ poorly supported, which will put more tenancies at risk, result in more evictions and more people coming out of Housing NZ accommodation and potentially more homelessness," he said.
Labour housing spokeswoman Moana Mackey said a Labour Government would reverse the changes and turn Housing NZ back into "a social housing provider rather than just another landlord".
Historian Ben Schrader, who wrote a history of state housing in 2005, said social support became an increasing part of Housing NZ's work as its role shrank from housing low-income workers in the 1930s and 40s to being a "last resort" provider for people such as beneficiaries, those with mental health problems, ex-prisoners and refugees.
But a consultation document issued to staff a week ago says the agency would "stop delivering social services that should be delivered by other organisations".
"Tenancy managers and case managers frequently find themselves following up with many other agencies such as Child, Youth and Family [CYFS] on child safety concerns; district health boards on health; budget services; school truancy issues and so on," the document says.
"The Ministry of Social Development [MSD] will act as a conduit for all other agencies that need to provide social support to the corporation's tenants."
Dr McTurk said all existing Housing NZ branches would be absorbed gradually into MSD's "Community Link" centres, which already bring together Work and Income, CYFS and sometimes other agencies in 50 locations. A further 30 are planned in the next year.
Narrowed focus
* HNZ "will no longer have a role to assist individuals with their wider social needs".
* Tenant calls to tenancy managers will be diverted to a call centre.
* Most tenancy managers will operate from their cars.
* Staff cut by about 100.
  Acknowledgements: Simon Collins | Email Simon
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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sick of a child molester and the Judge who claimed he was talented...

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    I have to write about the following, even if it did happen down in my neck of the woods.

    A Judge has cited a well-known comedians talent as one of the reasons she discharged him without conviction despite him pleading guilty to a sex act on a child - his four year old daughter.

    In weighing the offence against the effect of a conviction the Judge said the comedian and entertainer had already paid a high price with the loss of his family and career, and the case was unusual,"And his talent - he's a talented New Zealander. he makes people laugh, and laughter's an incredible medicine that we all need a lot of."

    I'm not laughing, New Zealand is not laughing, and I bet most of the world will not be laughing at an adult man who drank too much and interfered with his four year old daughter. He thought his daughter was his wife. What? He got into bed, and suddenly his wife said what are you doing? He had taken the girls pyjamas and pull-up nappies off and kissed her.
    :no::##The Judge has imposed permanent name suppression. The Judge is a joke!

    Now there is doubt cast on the industry, comedians and entertainers. Who is it, people are asking?
    A Justice campaigner,Garth McVicar said there is one law for them and one law for us. He also said, "We're talking about a child. I can't think of a much worse act. This sets a precedent. Its disgraceful."
    He said he had no time for the "excuse mentality" and saying, "I was drunk at the time.

    A doctors report said the man had "odd" incidents in the past after drinking, and waking up without knowledge of what he had done.

    If he had been just a poorly educated rubbish collector without any talent, I imagine the Judge would have jailed him. This makes me bloody sick! Sick of him and that excuse for a Judge!!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Labour youth policy will dip into dole money...


Labour youth skills and employment package unveiled today will cut spending on the dole and redirect millions to fund apprenticeships.

Labour will reprioritise $80 million from existing schemes, with $58 million going to the apprenticeship subsidy instead of dole payments.

It will be funded out of revenue from Labour's tax plan.

The party proposes converting dole payments into a $8700 subsidy to fund 9000 additional apprenticeship places. Dole payments would be converted into incentives for employers to take on additional apprentices.

The package will cost $251 million over four years, starting before young people leave school and Labour claims it will see teens earning or learning within three years.

Leader Phil Goff said youth unemployment is too high.

"Our young people represent more of our total unemployment numbers than in any other OECD country," he said.

"This is a ticking time-bomb and has to be fixed. These kids are our future but at the moment they are being left on the scrapheap."

He said if something is not done now the New Zealand Institute estimates the cost of disengaged youth is $900 million a year.
Goff said Labour will also adopt ideas from the old Maori Trade training programme and apply them to Maori and Pasifika communities. The party also aims to build on proven programmes such as Gateway, the youth transition service, tertiary high schools and trades academies, and the Conservation Corps.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister John Key unveiled welfare reforms which take a hard line on unemployed youth and solo parents who do nothing to find a job.

National's policy would involve cash bonuses paid to private organisations and putting controls on teenage beneficiaries in terms of how they can spend their welfare money, while also offer them more mentoring and support to get back into work.

Labour MP Jacinda Ardern said Key is targeting a small group of unemployed and ignoring the majority.
She said he has targeted 1600 young people rather the other 58,000 people who are not in jobs, education or training.

National doesn't have a youth policy - its an anti welfare policy! National doesn't have an employment policy; its an anti-welfare policy!

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