Tag: Prisons and Corrections

Gordon Campbell on Govt’s favourite crony Serco, and the TPP

Column – Gordon Campbell Gordon Campbell on Sercos emerging role as the governments favourite corporate crony, and the TPP fallout Gordon Campbell on Serco’s emerging role as the government’s favourite corporate crony, and the TPP fallout There’s no success like failure, as Bob Dylan once said, and Serco’s failures mean nothing but trouble on the horizon for ordinary New Zealanders. Unfortunately, its abysmal track record isn’t stopping the relentless intrusion of this particular multinational into the provision of crucial services in this country. Despite their proven history of failure in running British prisons, Serco have been granted major contracts within our prisons and they have no incentive to do better. Because when they have failed spectacularly this year, the Key government waived the fines for which the firm were liable: It has been revealed in Parliament that private prison operator Serco has been let off hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for serious contract breaches. Mt Eden Prison is currently under the management of the Department of Corrections, while an official investigation is carried out into allegations of mismanagement by Serco. The firm’s problems have now spread to Serco’s management of the new privately run prison at Wiri. Undaunted, Serco has also shown an interest in the co-ordination of youth protection services. Ms Tolley has said she would still be open to Serco – which is looking at...

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Post-cabinet: TPP, Family Violence and Solid Energy

Article – Megan Gattey Prime Minister John Key discussed the current situation on the TPP, Solid Energy and the upcoming discussion document on family violence in a post-cabinet press conference today.Post-cabinet: TPP, Family Violence and Solid Energy By Megan Gattey Photo: Francis Cook Prime Minister John Key discussed the current situation on the TPP, Solid Energy and the upcoming discussion document on family violence in a post-cabinet press conference today. The TPP agreement was unable to be concluded over the weekend, and Key said there were a few challenging issues still remaining. “There is a finite window where if we can’t complete the deal in that time, it becomes for difficult for the United States and others,” he said. The offer on dairy from the discussions were “not close enough for a deal to be concluded”, he said. “We want to get the best deal for New Zealand, but not at any cost.” Key said he was confident that the involved countries would reach an agreement that would be in the best interests of New Zealanders. “We won’t get rich selling to ourselves.” He said coming to an agreement would give New Zealand exporters and investors access to more than 8 million companies, and ultimately the TPP would create better opportunities and standard or living for New Zealanders. Justice Amy Adams will soon be announcing a discussion document about...

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PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 17 November 2014

Article – The Scoop Team The Prime Minister met with reporters today to discuss: The governmental, independent and other departmental inquiries into the Philip Smith incident Roger Suttons resignation as Chief Executive of CERA owing to sexual harassment The APEC East … PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 17 November 2014 Scoop Audio+Video by The Scoop Team The Prime Minister met with reporters today to discuss: • The governmental, independent and other departmental inquiries into the Philip Smith incident • Roger Sutton’s resignation as Chief Executive of CERA owing to sexual harassment • The APEC East Asia summit and the G20 • New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreement with South Korea • TPP talks and the dairy industry • Upcoming legislation around passport cancellation • Concerns about the global economic outlook raised at the G20 • Representatives of the air forces of Five Eyes nations currently in New Zealand • The role of SAS troops in Iraq • The CAA investigation into Gerry Brownlee ******* Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either MP3 format or in OGG format. <!– ******* –> ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Speech from the Throne: State Opening of Parliament, 21 Oct

Speech – Governor General Following the General Election, a National-led Government has been formed with a majority in the House on confidence and supply. Confidence and supply agreements have been signed between the National Party and, respectively, the ACT Party and …Speech from the Throne Delivered by His Excellency Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand, on the occasion of the State Opening of Parliament, Tuesday 21 October 2014 Honourable Members of the House of Representatives. E nga Mema Honore o te Whare Paremata o Aotearoa, tenei aku mihi mahana ki a koutou, tena koutou katoa. Following the General Election, a National-led Government has been formed with a majority in the House on confidence and supply. Confidence and supply agreements have been signed between the National Party and, respectively, the ACT Party and the United Future Party. A Relationship Accord and confidence and supply agreement has been signed with the Māori Party. These agreements will enable the Government to operate in an effective, stable and inclusive manner. Honourable Members, the Government has a comprehensive policy agenda and a substantial legislative programme that it will put before the House in the forthcoming session. The Government is focused on returning to surplus and its long-term fiscal objective remains to reduce net core Crown debt to 20 per cent of GDP by 2020. Around $1...

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Werewolf Edition 43 Out Now! – Trans Pacific Turkey

Article – Werewolf Hi and welcome to the 43rd edition of Werewolf, and an issue in which we once again – just like we did last summer – take an in-depth look at the Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks . Werewolf Edition 43 Out Now! – Trans Pacific Turkey From Werewolf Editor Gordon Campbell http://werewolf.co.nz/ Enter the ‘Wolf Hi and welcome to the 43rd edition of Werewolf, and an issue in which we once again – just like we did last summer – take an in-depth look at the Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks. Because of the ridiculous veil of secrecy surrounding these negotiations, coverage tends to fall either into massive exaggeration about the gazillions of dollars that New Zealand might gain from the TPP tooth fairy, or the threat it poses to our sovereignty. Rather less has been about what is actually happening in the talks themselves – which is hard, but not impossible to find out. The answer ? As this month’s cover explains, the TPP is on the brink of stalling, as frantic teams of spinmeisters peddle like mad to create an illusion that the engine is running. In a separate story, we analyse how the TPP is (mis) handling the issue of tobacco regulation and the threat the TPP poses to any country wishing to protect the health of its citizens from the ravages of...

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