Logical consequences

Positive parenting teaches you to link the punishment to the crime.

The best way is by natural consequences.

That’s when you do nothing and let what happens, happen.

If however, the natural consequences are too dangerous, expensive or pleasurable, the second best option is logical consequences – where what happens is linked to the misdemeanour.

For example, confiscating pens and pencils if a child has drawn on the wallpaper.

It strikes me that using more than $3 million recovered under the proceeds from crime Act will to fight P.is a form of logical consequences.

Prime Minister John Key has today announced that over $3 million recovered under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act will be used to fund law enforcement initiatives to break the methamphetamine supply chain and expand alcohol and drug treatment programmes.

“When I launched the Methamphetamine Action Plan in 2009, we made a commitment that money taken from those who profit from drugs would be used to target the drug trade and help those affected by it to get treatment,” says Mr Key.

“We are sending a clear message we are serious about tackling drugs, particularly methamphetamine, and the harm they cause our communities.”

Since the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act came into force in December 2009, the Police have obtained forfeiture orders for assets worth $30.5 million, over half of which are related to methamphetamine offences.

While a good portion of this money goes towards procedural factors, like repaying people and organisations left out of pocket by criminals, legal and administration costs, $7 million has been set aside for anti-P initiatives and that will continue to grow.

Law enforcement and health agencies are able to bid for funding. The successful bids in this initial round are:

  • $1 million to increase residential accommodation for participants in alcohol and drug treatment programmes. (Health)
  • $714,000 for the Drug and Alcohol Court pilot to cover prosecution and defence counsel costs. (Justice)
  • $600,000­ to aid with the recovery of legal costs incurred under the Act allowing Police to focus on recovering more criminal proceeds. (Police)
  • $335,000 to enhance frontline screening at the border. (Customs)
  • $320,000 to help assess the purity of methamphetamine. (Customs)
  • $200,000 for a Police training programme to teach drug dogs to detect cash as well as drugs. (Police)
  • $68,000 for the development of media guidelines for reporting on the use of volatile substances. (Health)

The next funding round will be held next year.

The latest Indicators and Progress Report for the Government’s Methamphetamine Action Plan, also released today, shows the number of people using P has continued to decrease but the issue of demand and supply remains a complex one.

“When the Government launched the Methamphetamine Action Plan in 2009, New Zealand had one of the highest rates of P users in the world with 2.2 per cent of the adult population using the drug,’’ says Mr Key.

“We are now down to just under 0.9 per cent, which is great, but there are still over 25,000 P users in New Zealand, which is far too many.”

Mr Key says the latest report shows the price of methamphetamine remains high indicating efforts to reduce supply are having an effect.

Since 2010, the price of a point of methamphetamine has risen from $107 to $109 and the price of a gram from $723 to $757.

However, the drug’s purity levels remain high and the price of precursors (chemicals used to create P) has continued to fall.

“Customs has made more methamphetamine and precursors seizures to date in 2013 than the total seizures in 2012, which is a credit to our law enforcement agencies,’’ says Mr Key.

“By cracking down on precursors, breaking supply chains, providing better routes into treatment, supporting families and communities and strengthening leadership and accountability we are tackling P from all directions.

“I am confident together these measures will help reduce the amount of P on our streets, save lives and make our communities safer,” says Mr Key.

The report is here.
We are serious about tackling drugs, particularly methamphetamine, and the harm they cause our communities.  http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?articleId=42637

6 Responses to Logical consequences

  1. Andrei says:

    Nonsense – the Government is just behaving just like the Mafia, they have the bigger muscle and more guns and so they can do whatever they want and do.

    And they have for years been turning nthe police force, once an organization for keeping public order and the citizens safe, into another revenue stream with the boys in blue as revenue collectors rather than guardians of the peace.

    This asset stealing is just another mark of shame on the National Government of John Key

  2. Armchair Critic says:

    A characteristic of amphetamine users and addicts is an inability to think logically or rationally. I take it, from your failure to acknowledge this, that you’ve never met one. Lucky you.
    Expecting the targets of this campaign to think about their actions and the consequences of their actions is naive, at best. No doubt the architects of the policy knew it was a wasted effort, but implemented it anyway because it allows the government to paint itself as “tough on crime” or whatever the latest ad campaign requires.
    It looks a lot like a cynical attempt to appear to be doing something, while simultaneously achieving nothing.

  3. Andrei says:

    Yes AC, exactly, this is all political boiler plate to send tingles up the spines of National supporters while National goes about its real agenda that contradicts everything that National once stood for as it morphs into being the Labour party by stealth

  4. Armchair Critic says:

    What really got me smiling was the use of the parenting analogy. When “the government” is substituted in place of “parents” we end up pretty quickly with “nanny state”.
    So, to be brief, I agree with you Andrei. National are turning into Labour, and Ele has given an excellent example.

  5. Gravedodger says:

    The last opportunity for the NZ electorate to move from the destructive welfare “highway to hell”, was Hon Ruth Richardson in her attempt to build on getting the government out of its suffocating effect on our lives boldly begun by Sir Roger Douglas.
    Her leader Spud Bolger lost his bottle and the rest as they say is history.

    Sheesh, today yet another numpty claiming 25% of children live in poverty in this very favoured country, utter bollocks to that.
    The headline should have read “nearly 25% of New Zealand children are cursed with dropkick, feral incompetent parents, or even more correctly have a father who abrogates any responsibility for their spawn!!!

    The common factor in all this WELFARE!!!!

    I grew up in very straightened financial circumstances until the wool boom from the Korean War.
    The only “new” apparel being Boots from O”Briens In Cashel Street. All my other clothing was from cutdowns from deceased rellies and reknitted cardigans. ( please do not ask about underwear), handkerchiefs cut down flour bags and pockets were crafted from the cute little cotton bags the turnip seed for winter forage came in.
    Our food was ordinary to put it mildly, lots of plain baking, porridge, home grown veg (one per meal) with spud and meat. The meat from animals unsaleable to market, rabbits, crippled hoggets, never beef and fish once a year when Dempseys from Kiapoi brought a van to the Annual Ewe fair at Waiau then later Culverden.

    Those who criticise John Key for failing to arrest the slide into the abyss of welfare ignore the salient fact socialism in NZ has not run out of other peoples money – yet.

    One term of the “coalition from hell” might do it but as with so many of our once treasured buildings in Christchurch the damage done may preclude restoration.

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