460Key Sells Out On Smacking
- May 1, 2007PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
"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."
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