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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Anti Smacking Law to Face Referendum

Congratulations to Family First and all the others who gathered enough signatures to force a referendum on the anti smacking legislation.

Family First Media Release 22 August 2008

Family First NZ is welcoming the success of the petition demanding a Referendum on the flawed anti-smacking law.

“To reach the required 285,000 signatures is difficult enough, but the final result shows that an extra 25,000 signatures have been attained. This is evidence of just how strong the opposition to this law is,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

The evidence is pouring in that good families are being both persecuted and also prosecuted with eight prosecutions for minor acts of physical discipline in a recent six month period.”

The rate of CYF notifications has sky-rocketed yet actual cases of child abuse found are remaining the same, and in some areas like the Waikato, actually falling.”

“The anti-smacking law has failed miserably. You know a law is flawed when it fails to address the problem it was supposed to, and implicates good families in the process. Supporters of the law are trying to herald its success because they incorrectly claim nobody has been prosecuted. But we actually want a law that works and catches actual child abuse!

A "blow" for freedom.


Blogger Andy Moore said...

Cheers Trev. Must be pretty damn embarassing for the Nats, looking shame-facedly at their weak-kneed yes-man party leader, John "peace in our time" Key.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

For real. Full credit to you too, for your work Andy.

3:32 PM  

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