Feilding Herald | Tuesday, 20 March 2007
Rangitikei MP Simon Power will vote against Sue Bradford's "no-
smacking" bill when it comes back for a third reading in Parliament in
He says he has spent the past two or three months getting feedback from
the electorate, speaking to police, church ministers, social workers,
teachers, parents and retailers.
"This is an extremely difficult issue. I have been deeply concerned
about the way some of our children are treated.
"Equally, I went into politics to make the state's role smaller in
families, not larger."
Mr Power says that, in the eight years he has been in Parliament, this
is one of the hardest issues he has had to deal with.
"But in the end, I trust the families of Rangitikei, and not the state,
to raise our children."