September 13th, 2016
First published on Werewolf
When it feels so inclined, the Key government can put its foot down hard on the accelerator. Time and again the period for public submissions (and the scrutiny of them by MPs) has been drastically shortened, supposedly so that a busy government can press onwards and get things done. Yet when action is called for by government on a politically divisive issue… then time will bend and clocks will melt, like Camembert in the sunshine. Reportedly, it will be March 2017 before we get any substantive explanation as to what may possibly have poisoned the water and sickened the 5,000 residents of Havelock North.
In the same fashion, it will take many more months before Social Development Minister (and acting Youth Minister) Anne Tolley and Justice Minister Amy Adams finally get around to taking a proposal to Cabinet on whether to re-classify 17 year old youthful offenders of juveniles, rather than as adults. At his post Cabinet press conference yesterday, Prime Minister John Key confirmed that neither Minister has yet reported back to Cabinet on this issue. Reportedly, Adams has been considering the proposal since at least mid 2015. Read the rest of this entry »