Without digging to deeply, it only took a matter of hours from being sworn in for the nation to start seeing fractures appear within the coalition.
Let’s be real though, we can always rely on Winston to say what he thinks even if it is totally inappropriate, out of context or just downright wrong, Winston will always be there to entertain.
The advocacy I’m involved in is in for a real shake up, cultural reports gone, three strikes being reintroduced, and let’s hope a new police commissioner.
It is not for me to comment, yet, on the proposed restructure of our judicial system, but I will be looking for the awesome results we all heard being promised during the election campaign.
Of interest to me has been the appointment of Mark Mitchelle as both minister of police and minister of corrections, which gets me wondering if we have a conflict of interest in the making, simply from the position of how can you be the catcher and releaser at the same time?
Paul Goldsmith as minister of justice, raises a few eyebrows, given his qualification is a master’s in history, so I’m hoping that he doesn’t intend on taking the judicial system back in time, also the minister of treaty negotiations, which makes more sense given his degree.
A fantastic appointment is Karen Chhour as minister of children, what an achievement given her background. She is the very person who understands what Oranga Tamariki needs to sort itself out, because it seriously needs a total revamp.
Moving forward it will be interesting to see how the labour party turn out to be as opposition, something that is desperately required for any good government to work properly, so let’s hope we see all the ex-ministers preforming the way they should be.
It sure is going to be an interesting three years ahead, so let’s see if this new government will be a government or as Martyn and many others have said will it be a coalition of chaos?.
Jackie Foster, CEO, Social Justice Aotearoa