Government to ban Doctors and Nurses from treating patched gang members
The hard right tough on crime fantasy rhetoric of the National Party plumbs new lows with Todd McClay's racist gang patch ban law about to be skipped into law. Under it patched gang members will be banned from hospitals and Todd's expectations of nurses and doctors is that they call the Police rather than treat and admit an injured patched gang member.
This is junk law aimed at looking tough on crime for zero benefit, targeting a group in society it is easy to hate.
Are we really going to become that society which bans public services to people wearing symbols? Is that the social policy any Government really wants to align themselves to?
This dog whistle hate mongering follows more tough on crime window dressing that went in front of Parliament earlier this month. The Sentencing (Aggravating Factors) Amendment Bill meant Judges could make assaulting a Police Officer or Prison Guard an aggravating factor at sentencing, the Government claims this is needed because assaults had increased over the last 5 years, which wasn't true. In 2009 there were 2550 recorded assaults against Police Officer, by 2011 that dropped to 2014 recorded assaults.
Government won't serve patched gang members or measure child poverty - when did 'I cant see you so you don't exist' become a social policy?