Offenders’ Levy fails

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, June 30th, 2010 - 4 comments
Categories: crime - Tags: ,

Judith “Crushless” Collins always has plenty of bluster but behind it all she has done precious little. 18 months after her spin doctors gave the media her moniker, Collins has yet to have a single car crushed (which is a stupid and wasteful policy any way). Her Offenders’ Levy is another flop – it’s only going to raise 40% of the money promised and most of that will be spent collecting it.

Already, she has spent $1.1 million on on implementing this levy and will spend another $100,000 this year. In return, it is hoped that $2 million will be raised, rather than the $5 million previously promised (Budget doc, not sure why that’s different from Simon Power’s numbers but these are the official ones).

That’s right, by the time the Nats are defeated in 2011 only 40% of what was promised will have been raised and 60% of the money raised will be spent on raising it. Heaven knows how much they’ll spend on doling it out.

As predicted here and elsewhere, this is an incredibly inefficient scheme. Just another example of the empty symbolism that has typified National’s crime policies.

4 comments on “Offenders’ Levy fails”

  1. Let’s not forget the one car that was crushed – Key’s!

    • Akldnut 1.1

      hehehe… So the protestor in Christchurch was actually employed by Collins, an extremely inefficient method of crushing a vehicle. Sort of falls into line with rest of crushing policy and implimentation to date.

  2. ianmac 2

    In some countries victims are paid by the state immediately and comprehensively. A bit like ACC I suppose. It seems to me that the Court system should decide on appropriate punishment for crime. The State should fund Victim Support directly and separately. It does seem to be a cumbersome expensive system to get $50 out of criminals. Broken down I expect income $50. Cost $45.
    Don’t suppose it is Crusher just a playing to the gallery? Surely not!

  3. randal 3

    sorry but I have to go with nuttcrusher on this one.
    when is she going to act?
    the country is already severly infantilised and allowing boy wussers freedom to do what ever they like is just pandering to the lowest element in our society.
    wow I’ve got a car and now I am going to take the muffler off and really piss people off.
    Go Crusher.

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