General Debate 24/04/11

An international law and order expert says successive New Zealand governments are to blame for the “scandal of the century” – a raft of offender-friendly legislation. In his newly released book, Badlands, NZ: A Land Fit for Criminals, former English National Criminal Intelligence Service analyst David Fraser says politicians should look back on their actions with shame.

“The record of all governments in New Zealand since the 1950s in relation to crime prevention has been disastrous,” Fraser writes. “The fact is that all governments since then have gone out of their way to introduce policies that have encouraged criminals to become more criminal. Almost every piece of criminal justice legislation passed during the period has made it easier for judges to avoid sending criminals to prison, by expanding the number of non-custodial alternatives available to them. In addition, other acts of parliament, as well as procedural and administrative changes, have put numerous obstacles in the way of finding, arresting and convicting offenders.”

Fraser spent 24 years working in the UK’s Probation Service and visited New Zealand in 2007 to promote his first book, A Land Fit For Criminals: An Insider’s View of Crime, Punishment and Justice in the UK. He became concerned about the nature of offending in New Zealand, and has since spent the past three years researching crime rates and law and order changes. He argues while politicians have overseen law changes that have been criminal-friendly, in too many cases they have shown scant concern for the wellbeing of the victims of their crimes.

He cited how in 2003 Prime Minister Helen Clark visited the family of a boy injured in a dog attack, and politicians promised to introduce tough new laws and give dog control officers greater powers. But he said the same response wasn’t made towards the victims of serious crime. “No minister visited the family of Lynne Baxter who, while out jogging, was murdered by being deliberately run down, repeatedly stabbed, and whose head was crushed with a concrete tile,” he said. “There was no similar ministerial response when Faletoi Kei, who was picnicking in the park with his family, was stabbed to death after offering food to his killer.”

He was also highly critical of the justice system’s stance towards young offenders, with more than half dealt with outside the formal court system. Fraser argues that policy was “one of the ingredients of New Zealand’s burgeoning crime problem”. “These criminal apprentices, the adult offenders of tomorrow, are helped and encouraged on their way by a system financed by the very public it victimises and then abandons,” he said. Fraser labelled as a myth claims from government and opposition MPs that New Zealand was tough on crime, especially when New Zealand has “the second-highest imprisonment rate in the western world”.

Figures he has published show 15 European countries are tougher than New Zealand on the basis of how many people were imprisoned per 100,000 crimes recorded, and he said a British government document comparing imprisonment rates in 22 European countries, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, showed New Zealand was the “fifth most lenient” state.

Francis has dedicated Badlands to the “families bereaved by criminals, and all other victims of crime”.

Source- Sunday Star Times

5 thoughts on “General Debate 24/04/11

  1. Apologies for posting this here because I couldn’t find an email to send it to.

    Its kinda about criminals in a way. Political ones that attempt to bury one freedom of speech.

    Has NZ now gone under national facist Rule.

    Seems freedom of opinion and freedom of Speech no longer are available unless we abide by the Mad Nick Smiths fascist rules.

    “I’ve been virtually told by [ACC minister] Dr Nick Smith and Sir Peter Gluckman [the prime minister’s scientific advisor] that I’m not qualified to put statements out about earthquakes. They will have me legally if I do that.

    If this report is accurate and what Ken Ring says is true then The Nats. need either get rid of Smith in a big hurry or declare themselves a fascist Govt. which will now longer allow freedom of speech.

    This is just appalling.


  2. Christ is risen!

    1Co 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
    1Co 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
    1Co 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
    1Co 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:


  3. It’s a result of one of the long term national disintegrations of NZ life.
    The Welfare State decrees you are not responsible for much of your life, that’s now completely reflected in the legal system.

    Where but NZ could a premeditated double murderer get a sentence with parole available at 12 years. Barlow.
    Where but NZ are local property taxes (Council rates) repeatedly “forgiven” for special individuals? Try that in Australia, the Council waits until the amount is significant, seizes the property and sells it, no matter what your race.


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