Wednesday, June 18, 2008

In Parliament today

Gordon Copeland: Would the Prime Minister agree with the comment of a former High Court judge that family breakdown is the major driver of violent crime in South Auckland and elsewhere; if so, would she support a royal commission to understand and address that issue, as called for in the petition of Larry Baldock and 296,000 others recently delivered to the Office of the Clerk?

Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: I do not have any evidence to suggest that family breakdown would be the predominant cause, but I do think that those who grow up in homes without love and who experience violence are certainly more likely to have a predisposition to it. We need to break that cycle of violence, which is what a great deal of our Government’s activity has been devoted to.

Helen Clark thinks bottle stores are a driver of violent crime. A High Court judge says it is family breakdown. Labour is doing nothing about the latter and has done nothing about the former despite a review of liquor outlets in 2006.




Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for putting this up here.
It merely makes me more determined not to vote Labour or anyone who is likely to be in a coalition with them.
however likely.

Helen Clark is a Liar and Hypocrite,

She knows full well that family breakdown is the principal cause of society dysfunction.

She will only listen to what she wants to hear.
What supports her philosophy and will get her and Labour re-elected.

June 18, 2008 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Steve Withers said...


The number of people involved in ALL the recent, highly visible crimes in Manurewa may number about 10....or less.

Statistically, that is a trivial number compared to the population of the area. It certainly IS unfortunate they all did their thing at the same time.

To conclude anything about families or liquor stores from such a small sample would be ludicrous.

Whatever became of Peter Dunne's $50m "Families Commission"? Haven't heard a peep out of them since several years ago when their new CEO resigned after a few weeks into the job after falling out with Chair, Rajan Prasad.

Apparently she had a reputation for getting the job done, something Mr. Prasad apparently still aspires to.

Kiwibank was founded with 80% of that and has arguably done a great deal more for families, especially those on low incomes.

June 19, 2008 at 8:39 AM  

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