Judith Collins sends key Owen Glenn report recommendation packing

As we saw yesterday, the reason we have Maori violence towards women and children is because they were told by early colonisers that men were more important than women and children. ?In short, it’s not their fault for beating women and killing babies because their sense of what is right and wrong was destroyed by these early British New Zealanders.

Since Owen Glenn paid $3 million dollars for a report that returned gems like the above, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the other major recommendation, to overturn the way the Family Court works, is getting a similarly cold response. ?Isaac Davison reports

Justice Minister Judith Collins has ruled out reversing the burden of proof in domestic violence cases – one of the key recommendations in the first report of the Glenn Inquiry.

Mrs Collins said this morning she would not consider the proposal, which would replace the adversarial court system with one which would place the burden of proof on alleged perpetrators instead of victims.

“The last thing I want to do is have our whole domestic violence work called into question by anybody saying it was impossible to prove that someone hasn’t actually assaulted someone.”

She also defended the Family Court after the Glenn Inquiry heard it was dysfunctional. Mrs Collins said recent reforms were a step in the right direction.

The reforms were implemented in March, and placed more emphasis on families resolving their conflict outside of court.

Mrs Collins agreed with the inquiry’s finding that victims had felt isolated in the court process, and said further reforms were in the pipeline for improving victims’ rights.

The minister said some of the victims’ comments were very pertinent, but the inquiry had not raised any issues Government was not aware of.

CYFS also came under the gun

The inquiry was also highly critical of Child, Youth and Family, saying that case managers were often too judgmental of victims.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said she was taking this criticism seriously.

She also said life after domestic violence was often a really emotional time and people could be over-sensitive.

“My experience with front-line case managers is that they do not judge. They care passionately about those children but we do more often than not put children first and that can cause real upset for some of those mums.”

CYFs and Family Courts are the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.

They wouldn’t be needed if the colonisers hadn’t told the native people that beating and killing their family was the sort of thing that proper men do.


– NZ Herald