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Eastern Bay organisation backs anti-smacking bill

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 30, 2007

Source: www.1xx.co.nz  

Eastern Bay organisation backs anti-smacking bill

Eastern Bay Women’s refuge give the controversial anti smacking bill the thumbs up.

Parliament is divided on the issue with heated debates about it this week.

Women’s refuge spokesperson Jeane Latu says the bill could be a big step in stopping child violence in this country.

She says some parents can’t control their aggression and shouldn’t be allowed to smack.

Mrs Latu is a grandmother who says she smacked her eight children but says she teachers her children not to hit theirs as a means of discipline.

First published 29 Mar 2007

 

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Anti-Bradford Bill March as It Was Not as Reported.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 30, 2007

As posted  CYFSWATCH NZ

Anti-Bradford Bill March as It Was Not as Reported.
Thursday, 29.03.2007, 10:19pm (GMT12)

Anti-Bradford Bill March as It Was Not as Reported

For immediate release…..

Society for Promotion of Community Standards Inc.
P.O. Box 13-683 Johnsonville

Press Release
29 March 2007

Anti-Bradford Bill March as It Was, Not as Reported

The Society is concerned at the biased manner in which mainstream media covered the protest march against Sue Bradford’s anti-smacking bill, held in Wellington yesterday. For example, TV3 gave no coverage of any of the speeches while giving good coverage to speeches given at a tiny pro-Bradford bill gathering of “30 people” in Auckland. Speeches opposing the bill were delivered in parliament grounds in Wellington to a large protest crowd by Lindsay Perigo (Libertaria and high profile media commentator), Heather Roy MP, Larry Baldock, former MP, Chester Burrows, National MP and sponsor of an amendment to the bill; Christine Rankin (former CEO of Work & Income), and Bob McCroskrie, Director of Family First (see video coverage links below).

In Wellington reporter Duncan Gardner and the TV3 film crew were focused almost entirely on filming the tiny group of about 20 noisy Bradford bill supporters who stood on the fringe of the main protest and peformed in front of them. TV3 appeared determined to give prominence to a few pro-bill supporters who harangued the marchers from the footpath and failed to allow the anti-bill marchers to explain why they were protesting about. The opinions of those addressing the well-natured main protest crowd, which sang the full national anthem twice in parliament grounds and listened attentively to well-delivered speeches, were ignored in the TV3 coverage.

To see what actually happened and a more balanced report check out the website: http://www.Youtube.com and type in the keywords ‘section59 march’ into the search engine or go direct to:

1. The March…8:09 mins
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD8nW15JC_Q  

The speeches…
2. Lindsay Perigo and Heather Roy – 8:28 mins
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiQAI04jm0g  

3. Larry Baldock and Chester Burrows – 8:45 Mins
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbviZdqN5zs  

4. Christine Rankin, Bob McCroskrie and Sheryl Savill – 4:53
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tsu4iG286NM

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Cullen repeats Clark’s contempt for parents.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 30, 2007

As posted on CYFSWATCH NZ

Cullen repeats Clark’s contempt for parents.
Thursday, 29.03.2007, 10:17pm (GMT12)

Cullen repeats Clark’s contempt for parents

Bill English MP
National Party Deputy Leader

29 March 2007

Cullen repeats Clark’s contempt for parents

“Opponents of the anti-smacking bill have been described as bashers and thrashers of children, religious fanatics and extremists in Parliament today,” says National Party Deputy Leader Bill English.

Responding to questions from Mr English, Michael Cullen repeated Labour’s view that opposition to the bill is lead by extremists and fundamentalists.

“Labour is showing contempt for the large silent majority of New Zealanders who have children and resent Labour’s arrogance.

“In the week when Helen Clark has publicly and personally supported the anti-smacking bill, independent polling shows that more than 80% of New Zealanders oppose the legislation.

“Labour’s plans to push the bill through against overwhelming public opposition shows they are in damage control mode.

“Helen Clark has claimed the bill won’t ban smacking, but it will. Worse than that is Labour’s contempt for parents as shown by these derogatory comments repeated in Parliament.”

Mr English says Helen Clark has turned her back on the values she once claimed were fundamental to her Government.

“When she said in Opposition that politicians needed to listen to the voices of their communities, New Zealanders may have believed her. They will think twice next time before taking statements from her at face value.”

ENDS

“We want communities to have a real say in the policies which affect them.” – Helen Clark.

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CYFSWATCH gets another mention in the House of Representatives.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 30, 2007

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CYFSWATCH gets another mention in the House of Representatives.
Thursday, 29.03.2007, 10:12pm (GMT12)

Hon Bill English: Is it therefore the case that the Prime Minister is pushing this legislation through in defiance of overwhelming public opinion because she believes that 80 percent of New Zealanders are religious fanatics and extremists?

Hon Dr MICHAEL CULLEN: No, clearly not. But clearly some of those in the vanguard of the opposition to this bill do fall into that category, as well as other various forms of strange people, including those responsible for the Cyfswatch website.

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Kick Sue & Helen’s S59 Bill – In the Nutshell

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 30, 2007

As posted on CYFSWATCH NZ

Kick Sue & Helen’s S59 Bill – In the Nutshell
Thursday, 29.03.2007, 10:10pm (GMT12)

Kick Sue & Helen’s S59 Bill – In the Nutshell

, posted: 29-MAR-2007 11:53

Much of the debate around the Anti-Smacking Bill is focussing on the details and the semantics, and forgetting the big picture…

1. How many of the children who have died from “child abuse” were already known to government agencies before they died?

Answer: Most, if not all. Therefore, there is no need to accept hearsay accusations of child mistreatment (from busybodies, estranged spouses, etc) since social workers, doctors and other public officials are generally already aware of children “at risk”.

2. How many children died from smacking (as the NZ public understand the term), and how many from beating, hitting or bashing (as the bill’s proponents call it)?

Answer: None died from smacking, because it is “reasonable force”. In fact, none were abused by smacking, because it is “reasonable force”. Only children who were “beaten, hit or bashed” ended up dead. We know that those are all “unreasonable force” and NZ juries do find such parents guilty, UNDER EXISTING LAW. No law change is required to stop child abuse. Instead, questions need to be asked about what factors lead to higher incidence of child abuse (eg welfare, relationship breakdown, etc).

3. If the concern of Bradford and Clark is ostensibly “child abuse”, then does that warrant allowing the state into the private lives of families (and the threat of removal of children into CYFS care — there’s an oxymoron) on the basis of hearsay evidence of smacking for correction?

Answer: Of course not. This is an ideological bill aimed only at undermining parental authority, and transferring more power to the State. The aim is not smacking or correction — it’s goal is greater government influence in raising children.

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MSD / CYFS Minister David Benson Pope threatens to sack any staff who don’t support Sue Bradfords Bill.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 30, 2007

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MSD / CYFS Minister David Benson Pope threatens to sack any staff who don’t support Sue Bradfords Bill.
Thursday, 29.03.2007, 10:06pm (GMT12)

All over effectively:

Parliament voted down the Borrows amendment 63-58 last night. This is a real shame as I think it was a imminently sensible compromise which achieved everything Sue Bradford claimed she wanted her bill to achieve, without having the uncertainty over smacking.

Those in favour were:

Labour 49
Greens 6
Maori 4
Progressive 1
Peter Dunne, Brian Donnelly, Doug Woolerton 3

Against:

National 48
NZ First 5 (of 7)
United Future 2 (of 3)
ACT 2
Field 1

The bill will pass its third reading comfortably, by at least the same margin but probably more. They did not complete Committee stage though so it seems likely the Government will officially adopt the bill on Monday and pass it next week. They have also added in a clause to have David Benson Pope’s Ministry review the law in two years. This means nothing – his Ministry has been reported as threatening to sack any staff member who didn’t support the bill, so the chance of their review being anything other than a glowing endorsement is zero.

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Window dressing amendment by David Benson-Pope.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 30, 2007

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Window dressing amendment by David Benson-Pope.
Thursday, 29.03.2007, 10:54am (GMT12)

Amendment will monitor effects of Bradford Bill

28 March 2007

Amendment will monitor effects of Bradford Bill

Social Development Minister David Benson-Pope has introduced a supplementary order paper to the House today that will address any concerns that Sue Bradford’s Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Bill will not achieve its intended purpose.

The amendment directs the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development to review whether the Act is achieving its intended purpose and to report on any additional impacts.

“The Bill closes a loophole through which some violent parents were acquitted in situations of clear use of excessive violence against their children,” said Mr Benson-Pope.

“The misinformation around this Bill has led many parents to mistakenly believe that good, caring parents will in some way be criminalised by the Bill. This is clearly not the case.

“This matter was raised in Cabinet by my colleague, Clayton Cosgrove, as an added safeguard for parents and I am pleased to support his suggestion.”

  • Order paper

    ENDS

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    Now, let’s be consistent with the “closed shop investigations” that are Child, Youth, and Family.

    Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 30, 2007

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    Now, let’s be consistent with the “closed shop investigations” that are Child, Youth, and Family.
    Thursday, 29.03.2007, 10:42am (GMT12)

    Govt to crack down on rogue real estate agents

    NZPA | Thursday, 29 March 2007


    The Government is going to overhaul legislation covering real estate agents and says the current “closed shop” investigation of complaints is not good enough.

    Associate Justice Minister Clayton Cosgrove announced the overhaul today and said there had to be better accountability and transparency within the industry.

    He said major concerns had been raised by the public, and real estate agents themselves, about how the industry dealt with complaints and discipline matters.

    “The REINZ (Real Estate Institute of New Zealand) is the gatekeeper for complaints and it decides how complaints are handled,” he said.

    “Most complaints are handled in-house and are seldom brought before the Real Estate Agents’ Licensing Board which can impose more serious penalties.

    “Basically it is a closed shop, and that is not good enough given that we are talking about what is for many New Zealanders their greatest asset.”

    Mr Cosgrove said that under the current Act the Licensing Board had the ability to impose serious penalties for misconduct, including suspending or cancelling registration of agents and salespeople – but only when cases were referred to it by the REINZ.

    This seldom happened, and the most likely outcome was a small fine or a reprimand.

    “The freedom to self-regulate granted by the current legislation is now perceived as industry protectionism rather than consumer protection,” Mr Cosgrove said.

    Mr Cosgrove said that in 2004 REINZ received 132 complaints but none were referred to the Licensing Board, and in 2005 only seven of the 163 complaints it received were referred.

    There were long delays in processing complaints and allegations of poor quality investigations.

    Mr Cosgrove said he expected any new regulatory regime would be funded by the industry.

    Details of proposed reforms will be released for public comment and a bill is likely to be introduced to Parliament later this year.

    In October last year Mr Cosgrove invited the industry to come up with its own plan to improve its complaints system, but he was not satisfied with the outcome.

    The Licensing Board has the power to suspend or cancel registration and impose fines of up to $5000 on agents.

    The REINZ sub-committee which handles most complaints can only impose a maximum fine of $750.

    The industry’s code of ethics stops agents expressing concerns publicly because it states “members shall never publicly criticise fellow members”.

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    Australian Judge jails mother for refusing to comply with access court order.

    Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 30, 2007

    As posted on CYFSWATCH NZ

    Australian Judge jails mother for refusing to comply with access court order.
    Thursday, 29.03.2007, 10:19am (GMT12)

    March 29, 2007 12:00

    A MOTHER-of-two is behind bars for defying court orders in a tug-of-love fight with her ex-partner.

    In what family law experts said was a rare case, the woman, 31, was  given a heartbreaking choice by the Federal Magistrates’ Court – let the father see his children or go to jail.

    Magistrate Michael Jarrett adjourned the case for 15 minutes but  when he returned to the bench, the woman, already on a good behaviour bond for refusing access to her ex-partner, remained unrepentant.

    Mr Jarrett, sitting at Lismore in northern NSW, took the rare step of jailing her for four months.

    She was last night in Grafton Jail and her children, a girl aged six and a boy aged eight, were with their father, 41, who was granted full custody.

    Her new husband yesterday told The Daily Telegraph yesterday his wife was distraught.
     
    “She has been crying,” he said. 

    The families cannot be identified.

    The father’s solicitor, Steven Tester, said the magistrate had no choice after the mother refused a lifeline.

    “No one wanted to see the mother go to jail. The point of these kinds of cases is that there are laws in place and they apply to everyone, Compliance is not optional,” Mr Tester said.

    “The Family Court heard evidence and allowed the father to have unsupervised access to his children.

    “Despite the mother being warned about the likely result of her not complying with the order, she took matters into her own hands.

    “The result is regrettable but ultimately it was the mother’s choice.”
     
    Family law expert Michael Taussig QC said it was an extreme case.
     
    “They are highly emotional cases and it has to be a blatant and flagrant breach of court orders before a magistrate will consider jail,” Mr Taussig said.
     
    It was the culmination of six years and 22 Family Court and Federal Magistrates’ Court hearings since the couple split when the woman was a few weeks pregnant with their second child.

    Her claim that her children would be in danger from their father, who has a number of criminal convictions, was rejected by the Family Court.

    In December she was placed on a good behaviour bond by the Federal Magistrates’ Court after she refused to allow supervised visits by the father and hid with the children for six months.

     Her new husband said she intended to appeal and was preparing the case herself after being refused Legal Aid.

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    Move on smacking bill shows Labour out of touch.

    Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 30, 2007

    As posted on CYFSWATCH NZ

    Move on smacking bill shows Labour out of touch.
    Thursday, 29.03.2007, 09:22am (GMT12)

    Move on smacking bill shows Labour out of touch

    Move on smacking bill shows Labour out of touch

    Helen Clark’s move to make Sue Bradford’s anti-smacking bill a Government bill shows how out of touch the Prime Minister is with the majority of New Zealanders, says National Party Leader John Key.

    “The fact is that around 80% of New Zealanders in recent polls are opposed to the ban on smacking.

    “Why does Helen Clark think she can get away with arrogantly ramming this bill through Parliament in the face of such overwhelming public opposition?

    “Helen Clark has nothing but contempt for the views of the majority of New Zealand parents.

    “This tiring Labour Government demonstrates daily that it is increasingly out of touch and offside with the views of the majority of New Zealanders.”

    Ends

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