So, how many times has David Seymour visited a prison?

Do you remember David Seymour grandstanding about visiting prisons after Judith Collins put new rules in place regarding MP visits to prisons?

I do.

ACT leader David Seymour has accused Corrections and Police Minister Judith Collins of trying to break the law.

Collins sent an email to other MPs, saying if they wanted to visit a prison they should organise it through a Private Secretary in her office.

Members of Parliament have a legal right to visit prisons, and notifying the Minister is considered a courtesy.

Collins denied yesterday that she was trying to keep tabs on opposition MPs.

However David Seymour claimed that Collins was breaking a law intended to provide oversight.   

“She seems to think she’s above the law,” Seymour said.

“All people, especially the government, must follow the law.”

Seymour noted that allowing MPs free access to prisons is one of the last lines of defence for people who might be mistreated.

“The idea that you’d have to ask the person who might be responsible for the problem…it’s an abominable, cack-handed constitutional error.”

I thought to myself, this has got to be something Seymour does all the time to issue a press release, grandstand and try to smack around my good friend Judith Collins.

So, I asked the Department of Corrections, via an Official Information request, how many times had David Seymour visited a prison, which prisons he had visited, and what were the offences of the criminals he was visiting?

Correction issued their response yesterday; it was rather brief.

“The Department does not have a record of Mr Seymour visiting a prison. Therefore, this request is declined under section 18(e) of the OIA as the information requested does not exist.”

So, the grandstanding ACT party MP from Epsom is so concerned about protecting his rights as an MP that he seems to have forgotten to actually exercise that right…ever.

I don’t know what the hell he thinks he is doing, but he really does seem to be acting like a petulant schoolboy at times.


 

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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