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Anti-Smacking Bill Sponsor “relaxed about wait”.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 27, 2007

As posted on CYFSWATCH NZ

Anti-Smacking Bill Sponsor “relaxed about wait”.
Tuesday, 27.03.2007, 07:18am (GMT12)

The sponsor of a bill to outlaw the use of force for disciplining children says she’s relaxed about it not being passed this week.

Labour has dropped plans to get Green MP Sue Bradford’s bill passed under urgency, saying the motion was causing “too much angst” in parties.

Labour was to try to get support across Parliament for an urgency motion on Wednesday, which would see the bill’s final stages debated and passed this week. It seeks to amend Section 59 of the Crimes Act.

The bill needed Maori Party support and for New Zealand First to allow at least one of its two MPs who support the bill, to support the urgency motion.

Ms Bradford says that as long as the Parliamentary support she has obtained for the bill stays solid, she’s relaxed about the wait.

The anti-smacking bill passed a second reading in Parliament by 70 votes to 51 on 21 February. Consideration of amendments began on 15 March, when one clause was debated for almost two hours by 23 speakers. By the time the House rose for the day, only the name of the bill and its start date had been voted on.

May date

Because Parliament is in recess for much of April, the final vote will not take place until May.

Opponents say will give them valuable time to lobby MPs.

Copyright © 2007 Radio New Zealand


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