by David Clendon
Despite this John Key’s Government is pushing ahead with the Electoral (Disqualification of Convicted Prisoners) Amendment Bill to disenfranchise prisoners. They have provided no evidence that this bill will achieve anything, and it is now clear that it will open New Zealand up to criticism from the UN.
As I argued in Parliament this bill is intended to take away voting rights from all prisoners, will do nothing to make our society safer. If anything it will do the opposite.
As I’ve asked before – what will this bill achieve? Or does this not matter to John Key’s Government with its evident commitment to a populist and irrational approach to the justice system regardless of the cost to society?