Tuesday, 20 March 2007, 11:53 am - Press Release: Green Party - 20 March 2007
Green Party MP Sue Bradford is concerned that some of those planning to
join next week's marches against her repeal of the S59 defence for
assaults on children, are not being told the full story by the
"My Bill does not, and will not criminalise parents who lightly smack
their children. It removes a defence for what has always been a
Right, so "technically assulting" a child will not be criminalised?
" The press release for the march also raises fears about good parents
having their babies taken away under my Bill. Let me clear about this.
Unless parents were seriously abusing their children that bogey - the
Politically Correct are coming for your baby - will be no more likely if
my Bill is passed than it is now."
then why change the law?
"As the Law Commission has said, the Police have ample grounds for
discretion, stated in their prosecution guidelines, to decide whether
the public interest would be served by a prosecution,"
It's either ok or it's not ok. The Police will follow what the law says.
"The press release announcing the march cites current polls showing 80
per cent opposition to my Bill.' In fact, the 80 percent figure seems
derived from a 2002 Justice Ministry report that found 80 percent of New
Zealanders felt smacking a child with an open hand is acceptable.
Huh, what about all those polls Bradford?
click here to view results of the many polls that have been conducted