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    By admin | August 26, 2009

    Dictatorship or Democracy For Families?

    The Politicians Ignore The Parents
    MEDIA RELEASE 26 August 2009
    Family First NZ is furious that the Prime Minister has effectively killed a Private Members Bill which would have reflected the wishes of the 88% who voted NO in the recent Referendum.

    “John Key is acting like a dictator who has no regard for the voice of voters,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “The voters clearly asked for the decriminalisation of light smacking – not ‘comfort’.”

    “John Boscawen’s amendment was virtually identical to the Chester Borrows amendment – an amendment which the Prime Minister said only two years ago…
    “the way you send a message is to make the law clear and precise and then to police it strongly and vigilantly. My colleague, Whanganui MP Chester Borrows, has put forward an amendment to Sue Bradford’s Bill that would do this. In my view, this is the correct response, and the one Parliament should adopt.” 1

    “John Key was quick to accept democracy when he was elected Prime Minister but now he is prepared to trod over the same democracy exhibited through the Referendum,” says Mr McCoskrie.

    While Leader of the Opposition he said:
    “The Labour Government has shown utter contempt for New Zealanders and the democratic process with its plan to railroad the anti-smacking bill through Parliament, says National Party Leader John Key.’The Labour-led Government knows the measure is deeply unpopular, so it plans to act against the wishes of the majority of Kiwis and ram the bill through under urgency. This is a deeply cynical abuse of power as Labour tries to clear the decks of this controversial issue. Helen Clark has refused to let her MPs vote the way they really think on this bill. To ram it through under the cover of urgency shows just how out of touch her government has become.’ 2

    “The law is not working and we have published many examples of good families being prosecuted and investigated by police and/or CYF for smacking or minor acts of physical discipline. Only recently has the PM acknowledged our argument that there have been prosecutions under the law. Previously he claimed there had been none.” VIEW the mounting number of cases.

    “It is also hugely disappointing that the National caucus are not willing to challenge the PM on this issue when they know how their electorates feel. John Key should at the very least allow a conscience vote ,” says Mr McCoskrie.

    1. http://www.national.org.nz/files/_0_Key_Speech_17-04-07.pdf
    2.
    http://johnkey.co.nz/index.php?/archives/60-Labour-shows-contempt-for-New-Zealanders.html

    TAKE ACTION:

    Below is the full list of National MP’s

    Step 1 : Simply highlight all emails, copy and paste in a new email.

    Step 2 : Write a simply message which starts with something like
    “Demand a Conscience Vote on John Boscawen’s (previously Chester Borrow’s) amendment. Decriminalise Light Smacking. That’s what 88% of voters said in the Referendum.”
    And then, if you want, add any additional comments – but at all times, PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL!

    Step 3: Press SEND!

    amy.adams@parliament.govt.nz
    shane.ardern@parliament.govt.nz
    chris.auchinvole@parliament.govt.nz
    kanwaljitsingh.bakshi@parliament.govt.nz
    david.bennett@parliament.govt.nz
    paula.bennett@parliament.govt.nz
    jackie.blue@parliament.govt.nz
    chester.borrows@parliament.govt.nz
    simon.bridges@parliament.govt.nz
    gerry.brownlee@parliament.govt.nz
    david.carter@parliament.govt.nz
    john.carter@parliament.govt.nz
    jonathan.coleman@parliament.govt.nz
    judith.collins@parliament.govt.nz
    jacqui.dean@parliament.govt.nz
    bill.english@parliament.govt.nz
    christopher.finlayson@parliament.govt.nz
    craig.foss@parliament.govt.nz
    aaron.gilmore@parliament.govt.nz
    jo.goodhew@parliament.govt.nz
    sandra.goudie@national.org.nz
    tim.groser@parliament.govt.nz
    nathan.guy@parliament.govt.nz
    john.hayes@parliament.govt.nz
    phil.heatley@parliament.govt.nz
    tau.henare@parliament.govt.nz
    paul.hutchison@parliament.govt.nz
    steven.joyce@parliament.govt.nz
    nikki.kaye@parliament.govt.nz
    john.key@parliament.govt.nz
    colin.king@parliament.govt.nz
    melissa.lee@parliament.govt.nz
    pesetasam.lotu-iiga@parliament.govt.nz
    tim.macindoe@parliament.govt.nz
    wayne.mapp@parliament.govt.nz
    todd.mcclay@parliament.govt.nz
    murray.mccully@parliament.govt.nz
    hekia.parata@parliament.govt.nz
    allan.peachey@parliament.govt.nz
    simon.power@parliament.govt.nz
    paul.quinn@parliament.govt.nz
    eric.roy@parliament.govt.nz
    tony.ryall@parliament.govt.nz
    katrina.shanks@national.org.nz
    lockwood.smith@parliament.govt.nz
    nick.smith@parliament.govt.nz
    georgina.teheuheu@parliament.govt.nz
    lindsay.tisch@parliament.govt.nz
    anne.tolley@parliament.govt.nz
    chris.tremain@national.org.nz
    louise.upston@parliament.govt.nz
    nicky.wagner@parliament.govt.nz
    kate.wilkinson@parliament.govt.nz
    maurice.williamson@parliament.govt.nz
    pansy.wong@parliament.govt.nz
    michael.woodhouse@parliament.govt.nz
    cam.calder@parliament.govt.nz
    jonathan.young@parliament.govt.nz
    admin@familyfirst.org.nz

    Thank you. Your voice really does count.

    Kind regards

    Bob McCoskrie
    National Director

    http://www.familyfirst.org.nz

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