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Christchurch Press Summary of the anti-smacking Bill.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on April 4, 2007

As posted on CYFSWATCH NZ

Christchurch Press Summary of the anti-smacking Bill.
Wednesday, 04.04.2007, 01:15pm (GMT12)

Wednesday, 04 Apr 2007

Smacking debate – the story so far

The smacking debate is polarising the nation. The Government is intent on pushing through new laws but nervous of public reaction. What is it all about and what is your response?
YOUR OPINION: WHAT ARE YOUR REASONS FOR OR AGAINST?AND READ YOUR LATEST RESPONSES


What is this bill about?

Sue Bradford’s private members’ bill aims to remove from the Crimes Act the defence of “reasonable force” – a provision included in Section 59.

Supporters say it would prevent people charged with assaulting a child from defending the charge by justifying violent discipline as “reasonable force”.

Opponents say it will potentially turn parents into criminals if they even lightly smack their children.

Police minister Annette King has said parents who lightly smack their children will not face prosecution as a result of the bill becoming law.

What about the proposed amendments? What would they do?

There are two significant proposed amendments.

1. Chester Borrows’ amendment sought to define the nature of the ‘reasonable force’ parents would be legally permitted to use against their children.

It would have allowed for physical discipline causing harm that is no more than “transitory and trifling”, for example a temporary red mark from a smack. It has been defeated in a vote by MPs.

2. David Benson Pope, backed by Clayton Cosgrove, has introduced an amendment which would require the Government to review the law after two years to make sure there were no “unintended consequences”.

What happens next?

The private members bill will either proceed to a third reading, when MPs will vote on whether to pass it into law. This is likely to take about two months.

Or, the Government will adopt the bill as a Government Bill and MPs will vote along party lines on whether to pass it into law. This will speed up its prog ress as it can be debated each sitting day rather than only once a fortnight.


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Police have told a Feilding mum that if she is caught lightly smacking her children after Section 59 of the Crimes Act is repealed, she will be reported to the Child Youth and Family Service (CYFS).
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One Response to “Christchurch Press Summary of the anti-smacking Bill.”

  1. Jay said

    Smacking Bill hysteria? Wow..
    Is that greek or latin for shove it up your jacksy?!?

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