With six weeks to go before the general election, the ruling National party floats idea for military-style discipline

The New Zealand government has announced a crackdown on the country’s worst juvenile offenders with around 150 children to be sent on a year-long military bootcamp aimed at tackling violent and recurrent offenders.

With six weeks to go before the general election, the National party says if re-elected it will tackle the country’s most serious young offenders by sending them to train alongside soldiers at a bootcamp run by the army. It will also hold “negligent parents to account” by issuing spot-fines of NZ$200 if their children aged 14 and under are found wandering the streets unsupervised between the hours of 12-5am.

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