A Human Rights Tribunal ruling that New Zealand’s adoption laws are discriminatory is yet another reason why the Government needs to act urgently to reform the 60-year-old law, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Adoption Action took a case to the tribunal in 2013 and this week the Human Rights Tribunal agreed that in six areas the 1955 Act was discriminatory and contrary to the Human Rights Act and Bill of Rights Act.
Police districts have underspent by over $24m in three years while the latest statistics show they are solving just 9.3 per cent of burglaries, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash.
“Police districts across the country haven’t spent their full budgets, despite non-resolution rates of crimes being unacceptably high. The worst are the three Auckland districts that have underspent by $14m, despite having the most burgled suburbs in the country with a resolution rate of only 7.2 per cent.
The Justice Minister must immediately bring forward her review of Family Court law reforms to stop the massive disparities and delays they’ve caused for families and children, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Labour raised concerns with Amy Adams almost a year ago about a dramatic increase in urgent applications to the court, the huge number of families who seemed to be disappearing from the system without their disputes being resolved and court delays.
Labour’s Maori caucus have paid tribute to the two mana wahine Maori Members of Parliament, Hon Iriaka Ratana and Hon Whetu Tirikatene Sullivan OSM, who were recognised alongside the original male Native MPs in a special event at Parliament today.
They were honoured after a request by Labour’s Manurewa MP Louisa Wall who says they deserved to be acknowledged alongside their male counterparts.
“Today was about recognising that between them they served our people for 50 years and their legacy enabled people like me to aspire to be in Parliament.
The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash.
“At select committee today the Police Commissioner said he believed the police are sufficiently resourced. He clearly isn’t listening to the public or his force.
Today’s landmark ruling from Justice Clifford that a raid on the home of journalist Nicky Hager was illegal means there was unlawful action by police during two elections in a row, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says.
"For the past two elections complaints in the media from the Prime Minister have led to inappropriate and excessive action by the police against journalists.
The Government needs to act on, not just consider, a recommendation from the Law Commission to establish a separate court for victims of sexual violence, Labour’s Associate Justice (Sexual and Domestic Violence) spokesperson Poto Williams says.
“The Commission’s report, The Justice response to victims of Sexual Violence: Criminal trials and alterative processes, is both a brave and exciting piece of work.
The National Government's misguided ideological obsession with privatisation is continuing with the building of schools the latest target, despite the Serco circus this week, Grant Robertson Labour Duty Spokesperson says.
"In the wake of the failed Serco contract there might have been some hope that National would wind back their privatisation agenda, but today's announcement of the third round of private builders and managers of schools shows that they have learned nothing.
"Putting private operators in charge of managing schools undermines their wider value to the community. The experience overseas has been that private operators have charged for the use of facilities outside of school hours. Schools are often the hub of community activities and that should not be sacrificed for ideology and private profit.