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The Smacking Bill: Amendment passes by landslide – only three MPs vote no.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on May 3, 2007

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The Smacking Bill: Amendment passes by landslide – only three MPs vote no.
Thursday, 03.05.2007, 08:18am (GMT12)

The Smacking Bill: Amendment passes by landslide – only three MPs vote no

5:00AM Thursday May 03, 2007

The amendment brokered by Prime Minister Helen Clark and National’s leader John Key that ended the battle over the bill to amend the law on smacking was passed by Parliament last night on a vote of 117-3.

Act’s two MPs, Rodney Hide and Heather Roy, and Independent MP Taito Phillip Field voted against it.

Mr Hide said the amendment saying the police had the discretion not to prosecute complaints that they considered to be “inconsequential” made no difference at all to the bill.

“It just says the police don’t have to prosecute. They don’t have to prosecute without the amendment,” he said. “We’re not making any law, we’re leaving it up to the police to decide what it is.”

Mr Hide said Helen Clark had cleverly worked out an amendment which meant nothing but had ended National’s opposition to the bill.

“The entire National Party has been rolled. I congratulate Helen Clark for a great sleight of hand and emerging from it unscathed.”

Mr Field was not in the debating chamber when the vote was taken. His vote was cast by proxy.

 

United Future leader Peter Dunne, who introduced the amendment, said the cross-party support was extraordinarily significant and a good day for Parliament.

“There has always been this concern … that good parents were going to be put at risk … were going to have the police banging down the door, [and] were going to be criminalised by this bill.”

The bill’s promoter, Green MP Sue Bradford, said she could happily back Mr Dunne’s amendment as it did not define the nature and level of force people could legitimately use against their children.

Parliament also accepted, by 116 votes to four, an amendment that commits the Government to reviewing the law two years after it comes into force.

The amendment was introduced by Social Development Minister David Benson-Pope several weeks ago, when the Government was trying to ease public concern about the bill.

– NZPA

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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)

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand home
Justice | Children’s Issues | All Press Releases

Sue Bradford MP

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.”

 

www.kiwiblog.co.nz 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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Youtube: Former NZ Police Commissioner John Jamieson commentary on anti-smacking Bill.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 24, 2007

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Youtube: Former NZ Police Commissioner John Jamieson commentary on anti-smacking Bill.
Friday, 23.03.2007, 08:31pm (GMT12)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iZcSK4cn4Y

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