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These are cut and pasted directly out of the respective party websites and placed here in alphabetical order so they can be compared with each other and our goals
Policies can also be compared side by side at www.policy.net.nz. This is an awesomely good site actually, well worth checking out.
The prime responsibility for any government is to keep its citizens safe. The failure to control crime undermines our communities and is ultimately a cost to all. ACT’s top priority in government is to increase the law and order vote by one billion dollars ($1000 million) in order to achieve a “zero tolerance for crime” policy, implemented and working effectively within 12 months. This will include an increase in police numbers, reintroducing community policing, and a focus on victims’ rights rather than criminals’ rights.
Community confidence and therefore support of the police has been eroded. Police need to be brought back into the community. The test of police efficiency will be the absence of crime and disorder.
Mental illness is a significant driver of criminal activity, and drug related offences properly fall into this category. The ideology of Community Care has failed the most seriously mentally ill, their families and the public. It has cost lives and needs a comprehensive review.
We stand for the following policies
Creating safe and secure communities: The Alliance is convinced that full employment, fully accessible education and health care will reduce crime rates and lead to safer communities. At the same time the Alliance is committed to an adequately resourced police force that works positively with community groups to prevent problems occurring and provide speedy responses and solutions to crimes.
Compensating victims of crime: The Alliance will establish a Victim’s Compensation Board to oversee the administration of a dedicated fund providing assistance to victims in recovering from crime and to help decide on any further compensation required.
Legal equality: Ensure an accessible, equitable and effective justice system for all. The Alliance will upgrade the civil and legal system so that qualified legal assistance is accessible to ordinary citizens and community organisations.
Establish an Office of Unsafe Convictions: Due to an increasing unease at people in jail for offences they did not commit, the Alliance is committed to the establishment of an office for unsafe convictions.
Gangs: The Alliance will address gang-related crime by a combination of adequate police resources, constructive employment schemes and restorative justice to run alongside the present justice system.
Young people: The Alliance will ensure young people (under 18) will not be incarcerated with adults either on remand or when sentenced. Young people will be kept in an environment specially designed for their requirements with particular attention to the need to reduce youth suicide in prisons. The Alliance does not support private prisons.
Mental health and the justice system: The Alliance is committed to the implementation of the ‘Blueprint for Mental Health’ report so that New Zealanders who need help get it before they commit a crime and end up in the prison system.
Cannabis: The Alliance takes a harm minimisation approach to drug and alcohol abuse and as such supports the decriminalisation of cannabis. The Alliance supports a minimum age of 18 for the use of cannabis and alcohol. We believe that there should be more effective enforcement of such restrictions and a strong education campaign aimed at young people and their parents.
ALCP has the strongest law and order policy, because unlike the other parties we address both the black market status of cannabis, as well as the absolute failure of prohibition to limit supply and demand. With R18 legalisation NZ can expect a decrease in crime and fear in the community because of a return to credible, workable law.
By definition, criminalisation is self-perpetuating. It is creating crime, criminals and criminality on an unprecedented scale. Reliable research indicates there are as many as half a million consumers in NZ. Respect for rule of law has been compromised and dangerously eroded by this hypocritical and unsubstantiated criminal status.
By taking the criminality out of NZ’s most popular and prevalent illicit substance, police will be considerably freed up to contain and prevent real crime. Cannabis and 'hard drugs' markets will also be seperated.
Legal regulation will rebuild community tolerance, trust and respect. It will greatly reduce the fear-factor. Money currently misappropriated into crime creation via drug-law enforcement will be much better spent in the health and education sectors.
Legalising cannabis will create an environment where people are far more able and willing to co-operate with police.
Up to 20,000 people are convicted for cannabis offences every year in NZ. The unemployed, males and Maori are especially penalised by the law as it stands (Fergusson et al, CH&DS).
ALCP recognises the duty of Parliament to challenge injustice, and to break down prejudice and division. The Party advocates a full prohibition ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ commission in the interests of restorative justice.
Our policy recognises the importance of upholding individual rights where these do not unreasonably impinge on others.
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