Act Party leader Jamie Whyte. Photo / Natalie Slade
Burglars would be sent to prison for a minimum of three
years without parole on the third burglary offence under new
policy announced today by Act leader Jamie Whyte.
It would be a separate regime to the current three strikes
law which requires a judge to sentence a convicted offender
of a third serious violent crime to the maximum sentence
Act was responsible for the original three strikes law.
Speaking at his first Act conference as leader, Dr Whyte said
burglary was also a serious crime. His late mother's home was
burgled, the offenders had defecated all over her house and
she never felt safe again.
He described burglary as "a traumatising crime that our penal
code takes too lightly".
Act wanted victims of crime to receive the compensation they
were due, he said.
The party also wanted to repeal the Resource Management Act
and replace it with a law that addressed only market failures
"not fantastical injuries to Gaia or the sensitivities of
people with no real interest in your land", he said.
"It will be a very small law."
Speaking to the conference of about 200 at a winery in
Mangere, Dr Whyte, a former philosophy lecturer, also
explained his comments of the past week in which he attracted
unwanted headlines by saying he stood by previous comments
that incest should not be illegal between consenting adults.
He didn't actually use the word "incest" in his speech but
said he had been "lulled into a false sense of security" when
being interview by a journalist.
"This is easy, I thought, You just speak openly and honestly
to reporters and you get good press."
"This week I was done over by the media. I was given a
'gotcha' question and as most of you probably know I walked
straight into it."
In the morning that the story ran in the Herald, he had many
media interviews and said that "over the course of that
morning, i moved from being a philosopher and columnist to
being the Act Party leader".
He told reporters after the speech that he was in no way
blaming the media and that he took full responsibility for
his own "blunder".
"I am not going to tell you there will not be more 'gotcha'
questions. When Labour leader David Cunliffe and Green
co-leader Russel Norman get hold of my publications I am sure
I am going to be described as threat to Western civilisation.
What I actually am is a threat to their lazy thinking."
- Audrey Young of the NZ Herald