Well, 2023 was the year of politics like our country has never seen and it surely is going to be interesting to see how long the so-called coalition of chaos will last.
Only days into the start of the government and we have seen nationwide protests from Maoridom and senior Maori leaders speaking of the people rising up.
Speaking of rising up, it is going to be interesting to read the final police investigation into the abysmal Allan Hall investigation. Let’s see if they are prepared to acknowledge what the police did all those years ago and who is going to be charged in relation to that?
Police knew something was seriously wrong with Alan Hall’s murder conviction and police knew evidence had been deliberately altered and hidden.
Two, now ex, police commissioners – Howard Broad and Mike Bush – were directly informed about concerns with Hall’s case, but did nothing, turning their backs washing their hands of the matter, while he sat in prison.
Don’t forget SJA is petitioning parliament seeking a Royal commission of inquiry into Allans conviction so please if you haven’t already click on the link below and sign our petition and support the fight SJA is taking directly to the people who can do something about this mess.
2023 saw SJA also table a petition seeking to have the end-of-life legislation changed, enabling people suffering from a degenerative disease to be able to choose the right to die with dignity.
Nicole Martin suffers from a debilitating disease known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Nicole suffers continuously from this disease. Permanently bed ridden, even unable to sit up unaided anymore, with no quality of life whatsoever. Nicole wishes to use the end-of-life Act so she can die with dignity, a right every citizen should have but because a doctor cannot certify that her illness is terminal, she is not able to choose to die with the dignity she deserves. This is wrong and we must change the Act accordingly. So, everyone click on this link and support the petition to create change.
So yes 2024 is shaping up to be a busy one for SJA and an interesting one in politics.
I wish you all a safe, happy and prosperous New Year.
Jackie Foster, CEO, Social Justice Aotearoa