Media watch – Tuesday

10 April 2018


Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media.

A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy.

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  1. sorethumb

     /  April 10, 2018

    Immigration Minister puts controversial profiling programme on hold

    Another indicator of successful integration is crime statistics comparing the
    likelihood of different populations getting into conflict with the law. Unfortunately,
    we do not have country-of-birth crime statistics. Neither the Australian Institute of
    Criminology nor the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) keep such records.
    However, statistics on Australia’s prison population give us a clue about the ethnic
    background of the perpetrators of more serious crimes, such as homicide, assault
    and robbery.
    According to the most recent ABS data, for every 100 000 Australia-born residents
    there are 202.4 prisoners. The total rate for the entire resident population, however,
    stands at 170 prisoners per 100 000 residents. This means that foreign-born
    residents actually have a lower chance of being imprisoned for serious offences than
    the native-born population (ABS 2010).
    A few caveats remain, though. First, the prisoner statistics relate only to the most
    serious crimes. Second, there is a wide gap between different migrant groups,
    ranging from an extremely low rate of 28.2 for Indian-born to 555.3 for Samoan-
    born residents.
    Third, the figures are not controlled for age or socioeconomic status.
    Fourth, it may be that foreign-born offenders without Australian citizenship are
    deported early on in their criminal careers.

    Selection, migration and integration: why multiculturalism works in Australia (and fails in Europe)
    Oliver Marc Hartwich1
    Centre for Independent Studies

    That’s what the government is pussy footing over.

    • NOEL

       /  April 10, 2018

      From yesterdays briefing

      “There is no racial or ethnic profiling undertaken in deportation and there never has been,” the briefing document said.

      Instead, the factors that could be considered were limited to people’s age, gender, skill levels, any “unlawful history” people had, any specific concerns about their character or identity, whether their address was known, and various details relating to their interactions with the immigration system.

      A spokesman for Lees-Galloway confirmed it was only people’s own individual information that was taken into account, not how people whose characteristics they shared had behaved.”

  2. duperez

     /  April 10, 2018

    Back to the Games coverage topic with a Stuff article.

    Put Bowls finals online and not TV. What age group is likely to want to watch bowls? Which group is less likely to be able to tune into the online facility?

    So in rest homes up and down the country folk can watch flippant Games coverage and ‘minor’ events on TV rather than bowls gold medals matches which take effort and other resources to get. Sounds logical.

  3. Griff

     /  April 10, 2018
    Donald Trump furious as FBI agents raid home and office of his personal lawyer Michael Cohen

    Michael Cohen, the longtime attorney of President Donald Trump, is under federal investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations, according to a person with knowledge of the case.

    FBI agents on Tuesday (NZ time) raided Cohen’s Manhattan office, home and hotel room as part of the investigation, seizing records about Cohen’s clients and personal finances.

    Among the records seized were those related to a 2016 payment Cohen made to adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had a sexual encounter with Trump, according to another person familiar with the investigators’ work.

  4. NOEL

     /  April 10, 2018

    “according to a person with knowledge of the case.”
    Why is so often with these reports that hearsay predominates?