Thursday, July 19, 2007

Prisoners' and Victims' Claims Act extended

Last month I noted that the government was trying to break their deal with the Greens regarding the Prisoners' and Victims' Claims Act 2005 by hiding a clause extending the sunset period in their Criminal Justice Reform Bill. The clause was removed by the Select Committee, but the government put up a Supplementary Order Paper [PDF] to reinsert it. That SOP just passed 64 - 57, with National, the Greens, ACT, and Gordon COpeland voting against. So, the Act will now be extended - and the government enjoy virtual impunity for its misbehaviour and violation of human rights - until 30 June 2010.

This is what you get for voting Labour: redneckery and viciousness under the name of "justice".