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Clare Curran shows how not to hold ministers to account

Clare Curran thinks she is something special. The reality is she is something dreadful.

Look at the question above and wonder no more at her utter stupidity.

She went down to the house thinking she had a gotcha for the minister regarding the appointment of Bill Francis to Radio NZ’s board.   Read more »

Have the Aussies screwed John Key?

New Zealand has asked for an urgent “please explain” after evidence that Australia could have breached crucial assurances it made about sending detainees across the Tasman.

Justice Minister Amy Adams has come out strongly this morning after an Australian lawyer released evidence that apparently undermines assurances personally given to Prime Minister John Key by his counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.

“That form on the face of it certainly raises some concerns, and we have gone back to them and said they need to explain, because we expect them to stand by the assurances they have made to us, and to New Zealanders,” Ms Adams said.

And Labour leader Andrew Little says if the Australians have misled New Zealand, “that is a pretty nasty, conniving thing to go and do”.

It is probably a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing, but on the face of it that isn’t a good look.   Read more »

Poor job by Amy Adams forces urgency on parliament

Amy Adams was told months ago about the problem of Kiwi ratbags being deported from Australia, yet sat on her hands doing nothing.

As a result parliament is now having to rush through urgent legislation to deal with Labour’s rapist and murderer mates.

The Government is rushing through an urgent law change to put protections in place before convicted Kiwi criminals arrive here from Australia later this week.

They’re arriving on a charter flight because the the Australian government says they are too dangerous to fly commercially.

Today, a last-minute law to protect New Zealanders was introduced, but 3 News can reveal the Government was warned of “high risk” to the public nine months ago.

“We’ve got Con Air arriving on Thursday and here we are ramming this legislation through so we can have some sort of protection for New Zealanders,” says Labour MP David Shearer.    Read more »

New law needed for “Kiwi” crims sent “home” from Australia

via Dialy Mail

via Dialy Mail

A new law to impose tougher, parole-like conditions on an influx of Kiwi criminals being deported from Australia is set to be unveiled.

The Government is planning the law change following fears that up to a thousand Kiwi offenders could be forcibly returned to New Zealand, after the Australian government tightened its policy on visa cancellations. …
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David Bain compensation report a long time coming

David Bain and Joe Karam

David Bain and Joe Karam

The New Zealand Government is still awaiting the conclusions of an independent report looking at whether David Bain should be compensated for wrongful conviction.

Mr Bain was imprisoned in 1995 after being convicted for the murder of his parents, two sisters and brother in Dunedin. He spent 13 years in prison before being found not guilty of murder in a retrial.

In March this year, the Hon. Ian Callinan AC QC, a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, was hired to conduct a fresh inquiry into Mr Bain’s claim for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment.

Justice Minister Amy Adams said at the time that she expected a report back “within six months”.

However, a spokesman for her office today told NZME News Service that Mr Callinan’s inquiry is “still ongoing” and “tracking along”. Read more »

Anyone have a problem with the DIA, Customs and Immigration knowing the names of all our prisoners? Yeah, thought not.

Labour will no doubt oppose this initiative, they are after all the crim-friendly party in parliament.

Justice Minister Amy Adams says she’ll take steps to ensure there’s no way serious offenders are able to travel the way Phillip John Smith did.

The convicted murderer and child molester was able to obtain a passport and fly to South America while on temporary release from prison.

An inquiry report released on Thursday found numerous failings in justice agency systems and recommended a raft of changes.

Ms Adams says she’s working on it.   Read more »

Justice Minister Amy Adams opens $51 million Concrete Cancer building


Sometimes, despite all the warnings given, the Government ploughs ahead seemingly with blinkers on.
Whaleoil has ran an extensive investigation into the Concrete Cancer Cover-Up story potentially affecting dozens, if not hundreds of construction projects.
As a quick recap, cement importing company Drymix imported an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 tonnes of high alkali cement from Vietnam and flogged it off onto the New Zealand market.
So-called ‘independent’ investigations into concerns raised on this blog by The Cement and Concrete Association of NZ (CCANZ),  resulted in a highly technical report telling people to move on, nothing to see here. More on that later.

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Amy Adams thinks protection orders might need an expiry date. Can anyone see the problem?

Just when I thought Amy Adams was trying to redeem herself after the stupid Harmful Digital Communications Act she goes and does this.

Protection orders should have an expiry date, MPs have recommended.

The Government is overhauling domestic violence laws and Justice Minister Amy Adams won’t rule out adopting the proposal.

But barrister and and anti-domestic violence campaigner Catriona MacLennan says implementing a sunset clause is a “terrible idea” and a “backward step.”

“Under previous law, if a couple reconciled then that brought the protection order to an end,” she explained. This was changed after abusive husband Alan Bristol killed his three daughters, all under 10, in 1994. A judicial inquiry recommended protection orders remain in force permanently.

“With domestic violence there is a pattern of behaviour and then the man might talk the woman into having him back before she finally leaves. If they reconciled under the old law, the woman had to go through the whole process [to obtain a new order] again.

“Now, if there is more violence, it is still in existence but doesn’t have any impact unless the woman wants to use it again. They don’t have to go to court again which is time-consuming, expensive and stressful.”

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A step in the right direction?

I think this is a good idea.

Defendants in domestic violence cases in Christchurch and Porirua courts will soon have their family violence history laid bare before judges when they are considered for bail.

Justice Minister Amy Adams on Wednesday announced the pilot programme to take effect next week in which judges would receive reports of all recorded family violence incidents for defendants including police safety orders or protection orders and breaches. .

The programme aims to protect victims well known to offenders in domestic violence cases from further harm.

“Judges raised with me that they felt very unconformable making bail decisions and then finding out after the event that actually the person who they made the decision for potentially had a much greater history than they were aware of,” Adams said.    Read more »

8 days to opening of Concrete Cancer building


With Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith refusing to instruct officials to take a core-sample of the $46 million Manukau District Court building, who ever is the minister that opens it will have their name forever attached to a concrete cancer building.   Read more »