Power backs down

The government has backed down on the removal of the right to silence.

It is understood Mr Power will now dump plans to abolish the right to silence and involve the Rules Committee. A spokesman for Mr Power said the minister was pragmatic about the bill.

“He wants to move this along and is always prepared to negotiate, especially to make progress on such an important piece of legislation.”

The spokesman said Mr Power would “do what is takes to get this bill moving”.

With the support of the three ACT MPs and United Future leader Peter Dunne, the Government has the numbers to pass the bill, but by a less than ideal one-vote majority.

Mr Power will be hoping dropping plans to remove the right to silence will bring Mr Boscawen and Mr Hide on board, giving the Government a three-vote majority.

Good show. I had severe reservations about leaving the writing of laws to a Rules Committee of “legal experts”. Imagine of one of those legal experts was Judge Phillipa Cunningham.


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  • Scanner

    Bravo, now what to do with those two traitorous c**ts from the ACT party, any suggestions

    • Richard McGrath

      It was not two but three turncoats from ACT – Calvert, Roy and Douglas. I still can’t understand how they could possibly vote to end our right to free speech.

  • Johnboy

    Puttin wimmin in charge of any decision making (other than what they will cook for their man when he gets home from the pub) was a mistake that was bound to end in grief.

  • thor42

    Good to hear this, but he should never have tried to get this through (with that dodgy provision) in the first place.

  • Chris

    The three strikes policy may have its merits, but for this guy I have doubts. He suffers from depression, alcoholism and no doubt other things that are difficult to shake without help. What’s important is that the three strikes policy is doing him over for things he needs help for but isn’t getting: