"We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity" - Neil Roberts

Until we have legislation adopted into law to ensure fiduciary accountability and transparency in public affairs we will continue to have human rights breached because the existing crown immunity and lack of any independent oversight invites corruption to flourish.

"Question authority, and think for yourself" - Timothy Leary

"We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity" - Neil Roberts

"Information is the currency of democracy" - Thomas Jefferson

‎"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does." - Margaret Mead

"The truth is like a lion, you don't have to defend it. Let it loose, it will defend itself."

"I = m c 2 [squared] where "I" am information" - Timothy Leary

"Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen

"The internet is a TV that watches you"

Monday, September 19, 2016

State of the Nation - Key government ridiculed by pretty much all and sundry:

While the United Nations challenges the New Zealand government's record of discrimination against children who live in poverty, the United States is shaming them on their failure to protect other endangered species, local law experts such as Sir Ron Young and Roimata Smail heap stinging criticism of the so called 'New Zealand justice system'.

Sir Ron says that in a number of ways the right to a fair trial are being undermined, and the public's right to a criminal justice system which is fairly and properly funded so that they can be confident in the system is also being compromised.

I would add that the problem is not just lack of funding, but a problem with the way in which the funding is allocated and used, and the issue of Police discretion, prosecutorial misconduct and the misuse of prosecutorial discretion, the problems with seeking judicial review of improper prosecutorial decisions, failures of IPCA and PCA to address complaints regarding improper prosecutorial decisions, and other related matters which members of the public like Kate Raue and Dun Mihaka are challenging.

Ministry of Justice information reveals that a Judge and Court staff were forced to lock themselves in after Police ignored calls to attend a massive gang brawl at the Tokoroa Court - two months after a security shake up - the media reported that Police were "too busy" to attend, but that was changed shortly thereafter to "too under resourced" - yeah, right.

The ongoing saga of MAF/MoBIE and their fatal Achilles leak continues, bringing the government further into ridicule.  In response to questions about MoBIE's actions "It was regrettably flawed and we must move on," Ministry for Primary Industries Director-General Martyn Dunne said.  Dunne would not comment on whether anyone had lost their job over the incident.   Dunne refused to answer questions about whether anyone had lost their job stating:  "There will be change and there has been change, people have moved around."  If incompetent and corrupt staff are weeded out in properly conducted investigations at the first sign of complaints, instead of "moved around" like Catholic priests accused of child abuse, it would save the taxpayer MILLIONS, instead, incompetence and corruption and covered up, and aided and abetted, in the public AND private sectors and both incompetence and corruption are now endemic and out of control, particularly in the public sector and public private partnerships.

While people like Owen Glenn pontificate about New Zealand's shameful domestic violence statistics, appointing men like disgraced 'retired' Supreme Court Judge Bill Wilson QC to "study" the accounts of the victims - in between his sideline career as a boxing promoter and ghost writer for the Sunday Star Times.  You seriously could NOT make this up.

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