Family First confident of smacking law referendum

7:47AM Saturday June 21, 2008

Family First is confident it now has enough signatures to force a referendum on the anti-smacking law.

This weekend marks the first anniversary of Sue Bradford’s controversial legislation.

In April, the group’s petition failed as it was short of 18,000 valid signatures.

But Family First director Bob McCoskrie said 60,000 new signatures would be presented to Parliament on Monday and should be more than enough to get a referendum.

Mr McCoskrie said the intention of the legislation was to tackle child abuse, but it had missed the mark completely.

He said prosecutions against parents for hitting their children were starting to come into the courts.

The real causes of abuse need to be dealt with and good parents should be left alone, he said.



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