Come on ACT do the right thing - for once!
Fate of justice bill in Act's hands
The fate of a controversial proposal that would potentially erode a defendant's right to silence rests with the Act Party, whose support is needed for the Government to pass major reforms to the justice sector.
Look, you won't admit it, but you've bled any credibility you once ever had over misreading your own corners of bigotry as mainstream opinion with your racist adverts, but here is an opportunity for you ACT to gain back some honour - don't vote for this abomination that would effectively equate to the largest erosion of civil liberties we've ever seen.
I note you have followed my advice and finally gotten Don to talk about debt and the economy (you know the thing you promised to talk about and not race baiting?) and you did a great job having Farrar seed the ground for Don by that patsy Tea Party bullshit post he did for Stuff.co.nz, so go that step further and actually do something that will live up to the principles ACT have always claimed they held and protect the citizen from an overwhelmingly powerful State.
These changes that Simon has tried to ram through must be halted. You know that the State can not be trusted with the types of legal power you would be handing them. Extension to absentee trials? No jury trials for crimes punishable by 3 years plus an extension list of crimes that can be heard just by a judge? Perhaps one of those Judges who were described in a 2009 report as being idiosyncratic, arrogant, inflexible and not up to the job intellectually.
You know these powers combined with denying the right to silence will radically alter the power dynamic between the individual and the State, how on earth can you freedom loving libertarians empower the State legally in this manner?
Do the right thing ACT, don't give the State these kinds of powers over the individual.
Live up to your logo.