Corrections Spin Doctors sending their place holder lines to journalists instead of responding to serious allegations shows the scale of chaos at the department over the Serco scandal, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“As more and more serious allegations pile up about years of failure and cover up by Serco, the Corrections department is losing the plot.
A High Court ruling that a law banning prisoners from voting is inconsistent with a properly functioning democracy should be a wake-up call for the Government, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
In an unprecedented ruling Justice Paul Heath has declared the Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Act 2010, which stops prisoners from voting, is inconsistent with the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, which all laws should be in line with.
Government members have prevented Parliament’s Law and Order select committee from getting answers out of a senior Serco director about the fight clubs being run at Mt Eden prisons, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“At today’s Law and Order select committee, National vetoed an invitation to have Serco’s director of operations Scott McNairn answer questions about the scandal at Mt Eden.
The Government’s decision to shut down up to eight regional courthouses, some supposedly only temporarily for seismic reasons, looks unlikely to be reversed, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“The move has hit these regions hard, but appears to be a cost cutting exercise rather than a ‘re-strengthening’ one.