The Key-Dunne spying Bill has met with overwhelming opposition.
More people believe Kim Dotcom than John Key.
The Fonterra scandal has trashed our “100% pure” brand internationally.
Unemployment is rising again.
Merridian float in trouble despite $30 Million handout.
The new Nat housing policy sank without trace.
Time for another law-and-order-tough-on-crime distraction! Look! Over there!!
Hard line on child abuse suspects
Suspected child abusers could be banned from being around children for up to 10 years without being convicted of a crime under a proposed law to be announced today.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said the restrictions could mean up to 80 people a year are slapped with orders preventing them from working, living and socialising with children, with penalties of three years imposed on those who break the ban.
If police or Child, Youth and Family believe “on the balance of probabilities” someone poses a threat to a child, High Court or District Court judges could impose the ban, similar to restraining orders in cases of domestic violence.
Mrs Bennett expected opposition from human rights and civil liberties groups but believed she had the support of New Zealanders for the moves.
Yes, I’m guessing that there will be “opposition from human rights and civil liberties groups”, as there needs to be. But recognise this for what it is too. A cynical attempt to distract the headlines.