GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – My pledge to victims of historic abuse

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If I am fortunate enough to be elected to Parliament, I will work tirelessly to force a Royal Inquiry into the systemic abuse of New Zealander’s at the hands of the State.

I intend to propose a ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ model where those who have been abused at the hands of the State can go on the record of the harm, hurt and damage our Government services have caused them.

I’m getting involved in politics and have joined the Labour Party to do good in my community and our society. For too long I have watched as free market capitalism has failed us collectively and I can’t stand by on the sidelines any longer.

But the way this National Party Government have treated the victims of historic State abuse demands a response from every political candidate in this country and I’m starting right here, right now.

If I am fortunate enough to be elected to Parliament, I will work tirelessly to force a Royal Inquiry into the systemic abuse of New Zealander’s at the hands of the State.

I intend to propose a ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ model where those who have been abused at the hands of the State can go on the record of the harm, hurt and damage our Government services have caused them.

The cruelty the current Government are showing these victims is beyond comprehension. After hearing from 1100 victims, Judge Carolyn Henwood recommended an inquiry into abuse at the hands of the State, yet Paula Bennett and Anne Tolley claim there was no systemic abuse so we don’t need one.

Firstly, that attitude is a slap in the face of the victims who have been courageous enough to come forward; and secondly Bennett and Tolley can’t claim the abuse wasn’t systemic because there is too much anecdotal evidence to claim it was.

As a country, I see our ability to sit down, hear from the victims of State abuse and acknowledge the Government’s role in hurting these people as a true test of our maturity as a Nation. We need this conversation for justice, for empathy and for compassion.

Our first duty as Politicians should be to serve the people. By denying any widespread abuse by the State, the National Government are merely serving that State, not the people who the State are supposed to protect.

I will do my best to see that those New Zealander’s receive the justice that they deserve.

 

Willie Jackson is a Labour Party Candidate 

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11 Comments

  1. Marcus says:

    Good to see a commitment to an enquiry.
    It is needed for many reasons but those who don’t want it (chiefly the National government) are very vague about WHY they don’t want it.
    It seems the REAL reason they don’t want it is because it will open up a lot of uncomfortable truths about our country’s history and culture.
    These truths will put the lie to the myth that our country is Godzone, the best place in the world to bring up kids and a lot of people would rather not be confronted with this.
    To move on to a better future we must acknowledge our former wrongs and this is a vital step.

  2. patricia bremner says:

    Well done Willie, as a teacher it was nerve wracking to decide “home or away” when abuse happened. The uncertainty about the “process” once started caused great disquiet at times.
    It always felt rushed and final. It often was.

  3. countryboy says:

    “My pledge to victims of historic abuse”

    Well, that’s just about everyone that doesn’t have $-billions since about 1984.
    Remember? When Labour thought it a great idea to allow scum like roge douglas et al to lay waste to what was one of the most promisingly egalitarian societies in the world? I’ve struggled with the specter of my Mum sobbing as she leaned over the barrel of a rifle after the BNZ took her life away. I watched my dad die of a broken heart in a sober little hospice and I see myself now, getting visibly older by the day as I struggle to make ends meet in my autumnal years in a rich country the size of the UK but with 4.7 million people.

    And you make pledges and call upon the Royals to inquire? Right O then. Lets see how you go with that. We, all of us, should pop off for a nice cup of tea with the Governor General then? You know the one? The invisible Woman.

    It’s current politics which are largely at the heart of sexual and physical abuse both now and historically. If it’s not under funding foster care, rape crisis, women’s refuge and prisons it’s allowing parasites like banks and sundry other debt pimps free range in our beautiful Aotearoa/NZ the creative endeavors of which build the monsters out of innocent people. The crushing debt that rises up from those particular and otherwise criminal enterprises cause terrible societal harm and, in my opinion, leads to mental illness and emotional despair which, like a mutant gene, becomes intergenerational.

    Any Crown inquiry should start at the beginning and that beginning is when Labour injected neo liberalism * into our veins.

    * Neoliberalism: A polite term for the activities of criminals and con artists who rejigged legislation to best suit themselves and who now enjoy the protection of the NZ law and its enforcers to keep our money safe in their hands.

    You @ Willie Jackson are walking the Halls of our parliament with evil people. They must, like the flies they are, be sprayed before they spread more diseases.

    • Archonblatter says:

      @Countryboy. !00 %

      “* Neoliberalism: A polite term for the activities of criminals and con artists who rejigged legislation to best suit themselves and who now enjoy the protection of the NZ law and its enforcers to keep our money safe in their hands.”

      Do be careful what you say though and how far you take your investigations and conclusions or you will be banned as a conspiracy theorist promotor. Conservatism comes in surprising disguises. I had a nephew who became a minister under the Clark administration. Sad, bigley.

    • WILD KATIPO says:

      The above writer is speaking the truth , Willie. You should take notice of what was said , – and pathetically this short paragraph , one of the more descriptive yet economically written and superbly paraphrased , it encapsulates the very essence of neo liberalism.

      THIS :

      * Neoliberalism: A polite term for the activities of criminals and con artists who rejigged legislation to best suit themselves and who now enjoy the protection of the NZ law and its enforcers to keep our money safe in their hands.

      … ” You @ Willie Jackson are walking the Halls of our parliament with evil people. They must, like the flies they are, be sprayed before they spread more diseases ” …

  4. garibaldi says:

    Right on Willie. Good to see you making a stand. I hope we get to see you keep this promise. Good luck.

  5. PB says:

    Fine sentiments.

    What I want is a promise you’ll come out and tell us the truth about why it won’t happen –

    That is, too many rich fat pervert fingers to be found in these pies, which will inevitably include the involvement of the NZ Police.

    It won’t happen.

  6. XRAY says:

    This is great Willie but you need to wake your party from its death bed and tell them there is an election if there is any hope of your vision..

    And you need to tell them being like National but not quite is not a reason to vote Labour.

    Time is fast running out!

  7. countryboy says:

    This just in from RNZ’s website. Just great.

    Homeless man dies on park bench.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201850699/winter-warnings-after-homeless-man-dies-on-cemetery-bench

    fay, richwhite, gibb, hart and chandler etc? Proud of you boys. Proud of you. Great Nu Zillinders, the lot of you. We Kiwis should all be rich like you. Our fault we’re not of course. We just need to work harder. Like you’s aye?

    https://www.oxfam.org.nz/news/nz-s-two-richest-men-own-more-wealth-poorest-30