Kids doing adult Crimes should face adult consequences

New Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft has launched a campaign to persuade Cabinet ministers to raise the upper age limit for the Youth Court from 17 to 18.

Becroft, who has just started a short two-year term as commissioner after 15 years heading the Youth Court, has written to all ministers and plans to meet with all of them to get the age raised.

The Government has already introduced a bill to implement an expert panel’s proposal to raise the age limit for state care of young people in need of care and protection from 17 to 18, but ministers are believed to be divided over whether to raise the age limit for youth justice.

Helen Clark’s Labour Government introduced a bill to raise the age for leaving both state care and youth justice to 18 in 2008 but the bill was dropped by John Key’s incoming National Government at the end of that year.

Justice Minister Amy Adams said last year that she had asked officials to look again at the issue, but her predecessor Judith Collins – now back in Cabinet as Police and Corrections Minister – was firmly against it.

Is there really a point to treating a 16 year older killer or a 14 year old rapist as a child?  Read more »

Two Controversial Australians but two different sets of rules.

Two controversial Australians said something controversial. One had a politically incorrect opinion, the other’s words broke the law, were immoral and incited slaughter. Which one do you think was punished?

Here are their faces, have a guess.

Sonia Kruger and her daughter Maggie. Photography: Steven Chee

Sonia Kruger and her daughter Maggie. Photography: Steven Chee

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Sonia Kruger and Ismail al WahWah each made a controversial statement in a video broadcast.
Sheik Wahwah said, kill the Jews.  Sonia said, don’t let any more Muslims into Australia.

This is what happened …

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All the support from the wives in the lefty suburbs just evaporated

The Greens really don’t understand their own voter base.

Auckland house prices should be deliberately reduced by up to 50 percent over a period of time to make the market affordable again, Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says.

The average house price in Auckland has risen to nearly $1 million, or 10 times the median household income.

Ms Turei said the only way to reverse that was to slowly bring prices back down to three or four times the median household income.

She told Morning Report the Green Party was considering what timeframe would work without crashing the market and hurting people who already owned homes.

“The only way to prevent a bust, and to protect families in the short and long term is to lay out a comprehensive plan, which means using every comprehensive tool that we’ve got so that we can slowly bring down house prices so that they’re reasonable.”

The Auckland Council’s chief economist had suggested bringing prices down to five times the median household income by 2030, she said.

How else do the Greens think those expensive SUV shopping carts in the leafy suburbs got paid for?

It economic sabotage really…imagine being upside down on your 800k mortgage!  Read more »

A Challenging view from ex-Muslim and cartoonist Bosch Fawstin

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Bosch Fawstin won the draw Muhammad competition in Texas and was saved from terrorist slaughter at that event when the two terrorists were shot and killed. The terrorists were prepared to kill and die over a cartoon.

Bosch risks his life to educate the world about Islam. He was brought up a Muslim and is now what Islam calls an apostate. The article of his that I am sharing with you was posted on a blog way back in 2007 well before he won the competition and well before all these latest terrorist attacks in Europe. It is called, “Muslim Roulette” and is a viewpoint that challenges Muslims and non-Muslims alike. It is more relevant now than it was nine years ago. Have a read and have a think. It is a challenging viewpoint but at Whaleoil we do not shy away from difficult subjects.

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How often do you risk your life and those of others?

Police are carrying out stings on motorists not wearing seatbelts and using cellphones after a spike in preventable deaths.

In one hour 40 drivers were pulled over – one every 90 seconds – and issued instant fines for flouting the law.

It doesn’t take long to find a law breaker at a police check point at 4pm in suburban Christchurch.

One by one the offenders were ushered down a side road and pulled over and fined.

Police say a recent spike in the number of deaths involving motorists not wearing seatbelts and talking on cellphones has led them to launch Operation Habit.

“Nationally 41 percent of people killed that have been killed just this year weren’t wearing their seatbelts – that translates to 28 people,” says Canterbury road policing manager Inspector Al Stewart.
The driver involved in one Christchurch crash last month died when he lost control of his car and went through the windscreen – he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

Others were lucky – four women walked away from this crash on Queen’s Birthday weekend in North Canterbury when their van collided with a truck, rolled and hit a power pole. Read more »

Power to the people: Taniwha Tax knocked on its arse

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union and its sister group, the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance, are celebrating a comprehensive victory in their “Taniwha Tax” campaign, with the Independent Hearings Panel recommending that Cultural Impact Assessment requirements, and the scheduled “sites of value” be deleted from the Unitary Plan.

In April last year, the groups joined Democracy Action and the Auckland Property Investors Association in launching a briefing paper on the draft plan’s Mana Whenua Cultural Impact Assessment provisions.

“The Taniwha Tax is dead!” says Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams. “Not only has the Independent Panel removed the ridiculous provisions covering ‘metaphysical’ issues – in other words the make-believe – it has completely rejected the Council’s recommendations for even more onerous requirements than those which were in the draft Unitary Plan.”

“It’s a win for democracy, for protecting Auckland’s genuine cultural heritage, and for science-based planning.” Read more »

A different take on Dr Jarrod Gilbert et al and their research

Never fear – there is no climate change problem!

In fact the problem is the reverse in a way.  Very few read academic papers at all.  Which is why the academics release ridiculous press statements pushing their point of view.  At least then someone knows that they actually have an idea at all.  However it would appear to do no harm unless it is politicised.  Then the occasional politician who wants to spend money and “make their mark” might have something supporting the barrow they want to push.

Studies about reading studies go back more than two decades!

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Whaleoil General Debate

keep-calm-and-don-t-shoot-the-messenger-3Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account.

There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.

Face of the Day

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Father Jacques Hamel of the parish Saint-Etienne who had his throat slit during mass in France by two Islamic haters filming as they terrorised the whole church and the nuns.

Word of the day

The word for today is…

convocation (noun) – 1. (a) The act of convoking (having a formal meeting).
(b) A group of people convoked, especially the members of a college or university community who are assembled for a ceremony.
2. A clerical assembly of the Anglican Church similar to a synod but assembling only when called.
3. (a) An assembly of the clergy and representative laity of a section of a diocese of the Episcopal Church.
(b) The district represented at such an assembly.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Late 14th century, “assembly of persons,” from Old French convocation and directly from Latin convocationem (nominative convocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of convocare “to call together,” from com- “together” + vocare “to call,” from vox “voice”.