Forget about the candidate who is already in jail and start worrying about those who should be there too

November 21, 2013

Gotta have a word with Chris Tremain, in most respects a splendid bloke who is doing a grand job as our Minister of Internal Affairs.

But he needs a bit of advice.

According to Radio NZ, he wants to know why a Northland bloke was able to contest the Far North mayoralty after being convicted of serious sex and violence crimes against his family.

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Indian lawyer gets heated about pre-marital sex – but his daughter would get hotter if she strayed

September 17, 2013

Alf – like most fathers – kept a close eye on his daughter through her teenage years, and maybe for several years after that.

In those days dads were fussy about who was squiring their daughters, where they went and when it was they went there.

Modern dads – mums, too – seem dismayingly indifferent to their daughters’ whereabouts and behaviour.

Thus we have the spectacle of these drunken creatures teetering, spewing and collapsing around areas like Wellington’s Courtenay Place.

Maybe we should pack them off to India, although Alf must confess he finds attitudes there even more conservative than his own.

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Here’s hoping Cabinet took firm action to stop rapists becoming their victims’ neighbours

September 4, 2012

It’s the rape capital of India, too.

Gotta have a chat with Crusher this morning, to check out what happened around the Cabinet table yesterday on the matter of rapists being able to become neighbours of their victims.

His interest was aroused on learning from Radio NZ (here) that –

The Cabinet is to consider closing a legal loophole that allowed a convicted rapist to move next door to his victim in Invercargill.

Justice Minister Judith Collins is proposing a new protection order under the Harassment Act that would allow victims of serious sexual or violent crimes to apply to a court to prevent their attacker living or working near their home.

Here’s hoping the matter has now been considered and hard decisions taken.

Why it has taken this long to get to the Cabinet table is unfathomable.

It wouldn’t have happened if Alf had been given the job.

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HIV, sex, ACC and the law – big questions are raised by Appeal Court and a coroner

March 13, 2012

There’s lots of fuss today about the implications of a Court of Appeal ruling that a woman should receive ACC compensation for the mental stress she suffered when she discovered a man with whom she had unprotected sex had HIV.

Alf has been brought up to speed by a Radio NZ report.

The court ruled the woman could not have given her full consent to sex because she was not told about the man’s HIV status.

Accordingly she was sexually violated and is now entitled to compensation.

The ruling opens up the possibility of HIV-infected people facing rape charges if they don’t reveal their status to partners.

Damned right, too.

Alf finds it monstrous that some randy HIV-infected person can indulge in rumpy-pumpy – thereby aiding and abetting in the spread of the disease – without telling the other party about his or her condition.

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Do-gooder is wrong – the justice system worked very well in dealing with thuggish child rapist

March 1, 2012

Alf rejoiced when he learned Raurangi Mark Marino had been jailed for 10 years for raping a five-year-old girl as she slept inside her parents’ campervan just before Christmas.

He would have jailed the thug for 30 years or more. But 10 years will get the rascal off the streets for a while.

So what’s all this stuff from a tosser who says prison is not the right place for the teenage monster?

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Learning why it’s dangerous to become legless in pubs – like charity – should begin at home

August 27, 2011

Alf could understand a mother saying she was shocked that her daughter was raped.

But according to a report at Stuff, she was shocked that her 17-year-old daughter was raped after being “turfed out” drunk from a suburban Christchurch bar.

So does this mean she was shocked that her daughter was drunk (too pissed to stand, actually), and was raped in that condition?

Nope. She is shocked that the bar staff threw her drunken offspring out of the bar (which she had entered by misleading them about her age).

Sure enough, there is no suggestion the drunken girl’s family were in any way responsible for her getting comprehensively rat-arsed.

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Banning forced marriages would prohibit shotgun weddings, which need reviving to help taxpayers

January 28, 2011

The headline-grabbing antics of ethnic women’s groups got Alf in a right tizz this morning.

The buggers are lobbying the Government to pass legislation against forced marriages. claiming that escalating numbers of “high-risk” young victims are coming forward to seek help.

Shakti, which runs refuges for Asian, Indian, and Middle Eastern women in New Zealand, has joined with Pacific Women’s Watch and 46 others to petition Parliament to outlaw forced underage marriages – which they say put young girls in situations that can lead to horrendous physical and sexual abuse.

Calls to Shakti’s crisis line have risen to 350 calls a month since July 2010, when they averaged 250 a month. Among these are many young girls – and though more are coming forward, there would be others who are too fearful, Priyanca Radhakrishnan of the Shakti Community Council says.

Alf has every sympathy with the notion that under-age girls should be protected by the law.

But they are protected already.

What could a new law do that the current law can’t do to deal with offences committed within “honour-based” forced relationships, eh?

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