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Sue Bradfords original Press Release in 2003 about anti-smacking Bill – and her subsequent lies.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on May 3, 2007

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Sue Bradfords original Press Release in 2003 about anti-smacking Bill – and her subsequent lies.
Thursday, 03.05.2007, 12:40am (GMT12)

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Greens draw up their own anti-smacking bill

Sue Bradford MP, Green Party Children’s Issues Spokesperson

6th October 2003

The Greens are designing a bill that will stop parents physically punishing their children, in line with United Nations demands.

Green MP Sue Bradford says her bill will repeal Section 59 of the Crimes Act, the provision that condones the use of physical force by parents against children.

“We want to end the situation where there is a legal defence to striking a child.”

A new report from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child says it is deeply concerned New Zealand has not changed the law which allows parents to use so-called “reasonable” force against their children.

Ms Bradford said today parents have used Section 59 to get away with, not only smacking their children, but also whacking them with bits of wood and other objects.

“I can’t understand why the Government is delaying doing anything about Section 59 until the next election year. The safety and welfare of our children is too important to put on hold.”

Ms Bradford, Green Children’s Issues Spokesperson, said it was the inalienable right of every child to be free from any form of violence or abuse.

“Parents are supposed to be protectors, not attackers, and children should feel totally safe at home. Section 59 adds to the whole culture of abuse of children that is still so rampant in New Zealand society.” says:


Is it an anti-smacking bill?

Many on the left are wailing that it is all the media’s fault the public don’t like the anti-smacking bill, because they report it as an anti smacking bill, and they claim it is an anti child abuse bill.

Well a helpful reader has pointed out that Sue Bradford’s own press release (above) in October 2003 labelled it an anti-smacking bill.

And yet on 15 March 2007 Bradford says “I have never called it an anti-smacking bill – my opponents did, and the media adopted the phrase”

God the proponents of this bill are so dishonest, it is unbelievable. I hope the media, who Bradford has attacked as being to blame, highlight her hypocrisy and outright lie

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One Response to “Sue Bradfords original Press Release in 2003 about anti-smacking Bill – and her subsequent lies.”

  1. muzz said

    What a joke this legislation realy is.This law will not stop the child abusers,hell they know what they are doing is rong.
    This halfbaked law wont stop ppl beating children.It shows how out of touch the greens realy are. This law is just another example of the the greens trying to impose the will of the united nations.Maybe its time the ppl of nz took their freedom back. The worst part of all this is the duplicity of helen clark and labour.Hell she dont even have children yet she thinks she can tell us how to raise ours.

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