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UPDATED REPORT: The Government has backed down on a bid to force Parliament into urgency for controversial anti-smacking legislation as the public backlash mounts.
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Leader of the House Michael Cullen yesterday told leaders of the Greens, the Maori Party, NZ First and United Future that the Government was withdrawing its request for urgency, which would have forced Parliament to sit until the legislation passed.
The decision was made as new research shows an overwhelming number of New Zealanders oppose Green MP Sue Bradford's bill outlawing physical punishment, which opponents say will open the floodgates to smacking prosecutions.
Cullen's office later said the bid for urgency was "causing too much angst" among the parties he had been having discussions with and it had been decided not to proceed.
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