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460Key Sells Out On Smacking

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  • Libertarianz Media Centre
    May 1, 2007
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      PRESS RELEASE

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Anti-Smacking Bill

      Key Sells Out On Smacking

      Party leader Bernard Darnton today confirmed that Libertarianz opposes
      John Key's sell-out on the anti-smacking bill.

      "John Key is utterly worthless. I have no idea why he doesn't just
      join the Labour Party," Darnton said in disgust.

      "Sue Bradford's anti-smacking bill effectively nationalises New
      Zealand's children by removing parental discretion in how to raise
      them. It is 'nanny state' in its most literal form. Helen Clark's
      amendment, which John Key has lapdoggedly pursued, does nothing to
      change that."

      "All this amendment does is give Police discretion in deciding whether
      a prosecution is in the public interest. As ministers of the current
      government already know, the Police already have that power."

      "The amended bill will not necessarily prevent the Police from
      prosecuting trivial cases. It will not prevent CYF from making its
      victims' lives a misery. It will not prevent private prosecutions –
      against which there will now be no defence - from malicious
      ex-spouses. It will not make the tiniest bit of difference to those
      who already seriously assault their children."

      ENDS

      For more information contact:

      Bernard Darnton
      Libertarianz Leader
      Phone: 021 324 466 / 04 586 2182
      Email: bernard.darnton@...

      Libertarianz: More Freedom, Less Government
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