Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person.
Mr Ellis was convicted in 1993 on multiple charges of sexual offending against children. He was sentenced to ten years imprisonment. Since then, his convictions have been the subject of extensive consideration including two appeals, an inquiry by former Chief Justice Sir Thomas Eichelbaum and two overseas experts, and a 2003 petition to Parliament. In 2008, a similar request for a Commission of Inquiry was made to and rejected by former Justice Minister Simon Power.
Justice Minister Amy Adams says a new draft Victims Code of Rights will help to ensure victims are better informed and put them at the heart of the justice system.
The draft code outlines victims’ rights, the services available to victims and their families from government agencies and other organisations, and the obligations of justice sector agencies when dealing with victims.
New Zealand is a country with abundant natural resources, and National is keen to use those resources to power New Zealand homes and businesses. We are making solid progress in our goal of having 90 per cent of New Zealand’s electricity supply generated by renewable sources by 2025.
Renewables made up 80 per cent of the electricity supply in this country last year. New Zealand’s share of renewable electricity generation is the fourth-largest in the world. Geothermal power has more than doubled over the past decade, and last year provided us with more power than natural gas for the first time in 40 years.
Harnessing renewable energy is something Kiwis excel at, and the increasing importance of this market presents opportunities for New Zealand around the world.
A change to the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill means the use of animals for the testing of finished cosmetic products and ingredients in New Zealand will be banned.
The change to the bill sends a strong message – this sort of testing is unacceptable to New Zealanders and won’t be happening here.
New Zealand has already established a strong framework for any animal testing done in the country – any testing for products such as medicines has to be approved by an independent ethics committee, and must show the benefits outweigh any harm caused.
To the best of the Government’s knowledge, there is no cosmetic product testing on animals in New Zealand and there never has been. This law change will ensure it doesn’t take place.