People Should Have A Say On Anti-Smacking Law

Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 24 2008

People Should Have A Say On Anti-Smacking Law

Prime Minister Helen Clark is completely wrong to prevent New Zealanders from having a vote on Labour’s controversial anti-smacking legislation, ACT Leader Rodney Hide said today.

“The anti-smacking law has clearly failed to stop child abuse – just as ACT said it would,” Mr Hide said.

“All this legislation does is make criminals of good parents and tie police up with fruitless complaints. Meanwhile, the real child abuse continues on un-targeted and un-addressed.

“Just because Labour and National voted to criminalise good parents who use a smack to discipline their children doesn’t mean that Kiwis shouldn’t have a say.

“Labour’s anti-smacking legislation strikes at the very heart of how Kiwi parents raise their children, with both National and Labour saying they know best.

“ACT doesn’t accept that they do – ACT backs parents, and we back Kiwis having a say about what they think the law should be,” Mr Hide said.

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One Response to “People Should Have A Say On Anti-Smacking Law”

  1. Mrs Dianne Woodward says:

    Act Party as in Heather and Hide have given us Kiwi Parents their all as has Muriel Newman NZCPR in supporting Sheryl Savill and Larry Baldocks Petition for a Referendum against Sues stupid smacking law and 85% of us are standing with them to say Miss Clark “allow us a vote on election day” – Act, Kiwi and Family Parties plus Couragous Copeland dumping Dunne(UF) gave 8 in 10 of us a voice when over 100 MPs ignored us, I admire the stand they have made along with John Tamahere, Lindsay Perigo (Radio Live)& Ian Wishart, Bob McCoskrie, Christine Rankin, Simon Barnett, Craig Smith where would we be had Labour Party gagged them like they have Mums, Dads & Grandparents.

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