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ANTI-SMACKING

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 87% of voters said NO to the anti-smacking law. 117 out of 122 politicians completely ignored you. (more)
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 In 2007, John Key said, “… if the reality is that no one is ever going to be prosecuted for lightly smacking their child, then don’t make it illegal. Don’t make it a crime. It’s poor law-making to write a very strict law and then trust the police and the courts not to enforce it strongly . The law shouldn’t depend on which police officer or which judge or which jury you happen to get on the day.” (more)
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 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 – cases which National MP’s still choose to deny. A recent Investigate magazine article exposed the Latta review as flawed and misleading – a revelation which National MP’s also choose not to accept. READ ARTICLE .
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 The proposal to ban smacking was motivated by a commendable desire to reduce child abuse – a desire we all share.(more)
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 There has been a statistically significant increase in children diagnosed with emotional / behavioural problems. (more)
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 Australia, with five-times the population of NZ, has just over double the incidence of child abuse – without a smacking ban.(more)
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 Those working on the frontline are concerned about the ongoing unacceptably high levels of abuse.(more)
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 CYF has reached the point of ‘saturation’ and can no longer handle the level of notifications.(more)

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COMMENTARY on Anti-Smacking

Source: Family First

Your voice counts…when it suits

87% of voters said NO to the anti-smacking law. 117 out of 122 politicians completely ignored you.

In a disgraceful display of ‘we know better than you’, all political parties except the ACT party ignored a succession of polls averaging 82%, a 300,000+ petition, and 87% in the recent Referendum opposing the anti-smacking law and asking for the decriminalisation of light smacking.

This probably wasn’t surprising from the Labour, Greens, Progressive, and United Future parties who had no problem spending $9m to run a separate Referendum rather than hold it during the general election – because they knew how unpopular their stance was

But it was tough to watch National MP’s (all who have been inundated with your emails during the days – hundreds of them!!) vote against the very amendment they lobbied for while they were in opposition but didn’t have the numbers at the time to adopt that amendment.

In 2007, John Key said, “… if the reality is that no one is ever going to be prosecuted for lightly smacking their child, then don’t make it illegal. Don’t make it a crime. It’s poor law-making to write a very strict law and then trust the police and the courts not to enforce it strongly . The law shouldn’t depend on which police officer or which judge or which jury you happen to get on the day.”

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 – cases which National MP’s still choose to deny. A recent Investigate magazine article exposed the Latta review as flawed and misleading – a revelation which National MP’s also choose not to accept. READ ARTICLE .

 

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Update for Smacking Law (2016)

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“DEFYING HUMAN NATURE”
An Analysis of New Zealand’s 2007 Anti-Smacking Law

When Prime Minister Helen Clark championed Green Party MP Sue Bradford’s anti-smacking bill through Parliament in 2007, she said that the law was “about trying to stop the appalling toll of death and injury for children in homes in our country.” On the other side of the House, Opposition Leader John Key was more cautious: “If I see good parents getting criminalised for lightly smacking their children for the purposes of discipline, I’m going to change the law if I’m in a position to do so. It’s as simple as that. It doesn’t matter if there’s a referendum or not. I want the law to work properly.” The proposal to ban smacking was motivated by a commendable desire to reduce child abuse – a desire we all share, but was either leader accurate in their understanding of the effect of this law? Were their statements more about justifying the ideology behind the law without any real understanding or acknowledgement of just how this law would impact families and fail to achieve its stated aims?

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COMMENTARY on Anti-Smacking Polls

Source:Family First

2014
Undecided Voters Influenced by Smacking Policy
Media Release 8 May 2014
A poll has found that more than one in four (27%) undecided voters say they are more likely to vote for a party pledging to amend the anti-smacking law.

The poll also found that almost three out of four voters want the anti-smacking law amended, and the support is strongest from NZ First, National and Labour party voters.

In the poll of 1,022 people undertaken by Curia Market Research, respondents were asked “If a political party promised that amending the law to allow light correctional smacking was a non-negotiable policy at the next general election, would that make you more likely to vote for them, or less likely, or make no difference to your likely vote?”

Overall, 19% of respondents say they are more likely to vote for a party promising to amend the anti-smacking law and 14% less likely.

What was most significant was that of undecided voters, more than one in four (27%) of the undecided voters said they are more likely to vote for a party pledging to amend the anti-smacking law, and only 8% less likely.

“Undecided voters could determine the final make-up of Parliament, and they are sending a clear message to political parties that their policy of fixing the anti-smacking law will be a potential vote winner,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

Respondents were also asked “Do you think the anti-smacking law should be changed to state explicitly that parents who give their children a smack that is reasonable and for the purpose of correction are not breaking the law?

Overall, 72% of respondents backed a law change, with only 22% supporting the current law, and 6% unsure. In 2013, the support for a law change was 77% and in 2012 it was 63%.

80% of National supporters favour a law change, as do 69% of Labour supporters. The only supporters against a law change are Green party supporters.

“Politicians probably hoped that the opposition to the anti-smacking law would eventually disappear, but this poll simply reiterates that seven years on – and despite the government and the authorities masking the real effect of the law and its implementation – the law is seen of no real value, and any political party who promises to fix the law will benefit in the polling booth,” says Mr McCoskrie.

The nationwide poll was carried out during April and has a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.
READ the full Poll Results

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 COMMENTARY on Anti-Smacking Cases

Source: Family First 

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LATEST CASES – JUST RELEASED

1. THIS IS THE ‘PERFECT HOME’ FOR YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER – BUT…
NZ Herald 19 June 2012
Mum and dad – who are now grandparents – currently have custody of their daughter’s 8 year old son. They have had him since he was 3 months old. CYF also gave them custody of their niece (13). Their daughter had another child (girl) who was taken by CYF from the daughter at 9 months old. Mum and dad applied for custody of this 17 month old granddaughter. Mum has been an approved caregiver for 13 years supporting various whanau. CYF actually asked mum to have the granddaughter, and when they applied, the social worker indicated that they would be approved. They also went to the 8 year old’s school and interviewed him. Two social workers who interviewed mum and dad before the formal approval were very affirming and said that “this is the perfect home” for the 2 year old, and that the 8 year old is “a happy healthy boy – no problem with him.” However, during the interview, mum and dad admitted that if methods of correction such as time-out, withdrawal of privileges, and other consequences for defiant and unacceptable behaviour didn’t work, she might use a smack on the hand with a half-size wooden spoon. The two social workers – both who had just recently graduated – then said that the grandparents would not be able to have the granddaughter. A letter confirming this decision was sent, saying that the reason for not letting the granddaughter stay with her grandparents was because of “the disciplining methods and unwillingness to change these”.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10813892

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View these Centre Right NZ Political Party Policies and voting position on ANTI-SMACKING.

Note: Policies subject to change. Please check the Policy Links for the latest Policy if available. These are the voting positions of party leaders for the 2014 General Election as reported to Family First who asked the questions below. Please refer to the linked website ‘Value Your Vote 2014‘ for more information and updates.

 

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Questions asked for the 2014 election

Decriminalise smacking

Will you SUPPORT or OPPOSE a bill to decriminalise non-abusive smacking for the purpose of correction?

GREEN answers support the Conservative position.

actlogo Jamie Whyte SUPPORTS
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unitedfuturelogo Peter Dunne OPPOSES
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nzfirstlogo Winston Peters SUPPORTS
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nationalpartylogo John Key OPPOSES
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cropped-cp-logo11.jpg Colin Craig SUPPORTS
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PROTECT GOOD PARENTS

http://www.protectgoodparents.org.nz

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This website is dedicated to law-abiding parents who want to raise great kids – but are confronted with a confusing law which also ignores the realities of parenting.

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ORGANISATION TOPICS: CLIMATE CHANGE, GLOBALISATION, WAITANGI TRIBUNAL, ABORTION, ALCOHOL & DRUGS, CHILD CUSTODY, CRIME, GAY RIGHTS, GENETIC MODIFICATION, MEDIA BIAS, MENTAL HEALTH, PARENTING, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, SMACKING DEBATE, TREATY OF WAITANGI,
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Investigate magazine editor and bestselling author Ian Wishart has been in the news business for three decades. Those stories have taken him around the world, and his work is now recognised internationally. Media outlets to have published or referenced his work, or interviewed him. He is an investigative journalist, network TV reporter, news director and former #1 rated national talk-show host in New Zealand, and a sought-after international talk show guest.

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