Nats won’t change child-discipline law, says Key

Family First:

We have been asked on a number of occasions where does National stand on the anti-smacking law, and will they change it if elected as the government.

Here’s the answer…
Nats won’t change child-discipline law, says Key
The Press 26 June 2008
National Party leader John Key has ruled out overturning the controversial child-discipline law if he becomes Prime Minister, despite championing a referendum on the issue. In Parliament yesterday, he accused Prime Minister Helen Clark of “ignoring the will of the New Zealand people” and urged a referendum be held on the so-called “anti-smacking” legislation at election time. His call came after Clark announced the Government had accepted official advice that it was too late to hold a referendum this year.

Asked by The Press afterwards if a National government would consider revoking the law as a result of a referendum, Key said: “No. The position as it has essentially always been since we signed a compromise (with Labour) is that if we see good parents being criminalised for lightly smacking their children then we will actively seek to change the law,” he said. “But at this point, as the police report pointed out earlier this week, we haven’t seen that at all. “The test we have is a pretty simple one. If the law doesn’t work then we’ll change it.”

Family First Comment :
We are currently researching a number of cases where good parents have been criminalised or had children removed by CYF for lightly smacking or correcting their children.

If you have been investigated or prosecuted by the police or CYF for ‘light smacking’, or know of someone who has, please email us in the strictest confidence

Kind regards

Bob McCoskrie
National Director


One response to “Nats won’t change child-discipline law, says Key”

  1. Mrs Dianne Woodward Avatar
    Mrs Dianne Woodward

    The Johns are the Key (as in Tamahere & his outspoken Radio Live team & except for Katherine Rich everyone in the National Party) because they will insist we have a referendum on Election Day. After reading Ian Wisharts Books “Eves Bite” (2007)and Absolute Power (2008) (especially Chapter 2) it’s no surprise our Mother of All Mothers is acting this way she should just suck in air and allow us voters a chance to answer the question, she knows the answer from 8 in 10 Kiwi voters because we don’t want to be feeling like guilty criminals for a light smack to protect or correct our children, much effort has gone into getting signatures for this petition all thanks to Sheryl Savill and Larry Baldock and Family First all that Peter Dunne’s done is help to destroy democracy, disgraceful the way this Labour Party presently treats us only 4 months 2go b4 we all speak with a tick.

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