Section 59: Anderton On Link Between Child Hitting And Animal Abuse
- Physical discipline of children linked to animal abuse "Children who are physically disciplined are two and a half
times more likely to abuse animals," Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton said today. Speaking by video to a Royal New
Zealand SPCA conference on animal welfare education, he said studies show people who abuse animals are more likely to
accept or inflict abuse elsewhere. See... Physical discipline linked to animal abuse
95bFM Audio: Mikey Havoc talks to Nat leader John Key about an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act aimed at banning
BZP + Key's relationship with Green MP Sue Bradford and the Section 59 bill!
Smack Talks: Bradford Angered By Key's Netogiating Tactics
- Green Party MP Sue Bradford expressed disappointment that National Party leader John Key may have effectively
torpedoed the proposed talks on S59 by insisting that she must agree beforehand to change her Bill to reflect his point
of view. "Earlier this morning Mr Key agreed to meet with me next week, stated no pre-conditions... I now find that
unless I agree to change my Bill in the way that he wants even before the talks begin, he seems no longer willing to
meet with me," Ms Bradford says. See... Bradford disappointed at Key's U-turn on S59 talks
ALSO:Greens - Key to meet Bradford on s59 issues next week
National - Accept anti-smacking bill is flawed says Key
Section 59: Key Suggests Negotiation On Bill, Bradford Pleased
- Bradford lauds Key's s59 efforts, asks to attend Nat caucus Green Party MP Sue Bradford today welcomed National Party
leader John Key's offer to play a constructive role in the debate over her s59 repeal Bill, and is offering to attend
the National party caucus to discuss any issues that Mr Key and his colleagues have with the proposed legislation.
See... Bradford lauds Key's s59 efforts
Smacking Debate: Ron Law's Dummie's Guide To The S59 Repeal Bill
- Contrary to popular belief, Sue Bradford's so-called ‘anti-smacking’ Bill has already been defeated by the
parliamentary process. Having been the recipient of numerous "anti ‘anti smacking’" or "anti ‘pro beat your kids’"
emails I thought it prudent, as a risk & policy analyst, to look at what all the fuss was about so I could make an informed decision myself. See... Ron Law: Section 59 for Dummies
Section 59: Timaru Whip Lady Back In Court
- Today the media reported that the Timaru mother acquitted, under Section 59, of using a riding crop on her son is
back in court. “The reported evidence of serious assault on a teenager by a mother and step-father must cause all those
who see no relationship between section 59 and child abuse to pause and reflect,” said Murray Edridge, Chief Executive
of Barnardos New Zealand. See... Who said changing s59 won’t reduce child abuse?
PM's Presser: Govt Won't Take Up Section 59 Bill
- The spectre of a nation full of delinquent children running amok, their bottom's protected by the State was not one
the Prime Minister seemed overly keen on dwelling on at today's post-cabinet press conference... According to the PM Sue
Bradford's Bill would not become a Government Bill and would therefore not be pushed through the House this week. The
Prime Minister also took some time to make comments about a report into Police Culture prepared by Dame Margaret Bazley
that is due for public consumption tomorrow. See...
Images: Section 59 Bill Protests At Parliament
Joining a dedicated group of religious zealots were members of the anti-tax 'do what thou wants the whole of the time '
party – the Libertarianz, and their guru, broadcaster Lindsay Perigo. Rounding out the numbers fighting for the rights
of parents to continue to hit their kids (in a presumably loving manner) were National MPs and retired folk keen to make
certain todays' youngsters didn't miss out on the discipline that kept them on the straight and narrow. See... Libz, Bible Scholars And Nats Fight S59 Repeal
Kevin List and KiwiFM's Wammo state why this is not an anti-smacking bill. It is already an offence to give your child
a crack. This bill removes defences that are letting people get off thrashing their kids.
Scoop's Kevin List on Radio Active - This is not an Anti-Smacking Bill… that law passed awhile ago. This bill removes a
defence that allows thrashing parents to get off!
Govt Announces It Will Review Section59 Bill In Two Years
- Member of Parliament for Waimakariri Clayton Cosgrove welcomes the adoption by the Government of his idea to conduct a
review of the Sue Bradford Bill after it has been in force for two years. See... Cosgrove review of Bradford Bill adopted by Govt
Section 59: Various Famous People Support Bradford Bill
- At a special event in Auckland today, a group of well-known Kiwis put their hands up to call for removal of the legal
defence provided by section 59 of the Crimes Act. Judy Bailey, Deborah Coddington, Jude Dobson, Brian Edwards, Mark
Leishman, Hilary Timmins, the Assistant Anglican Bishop of Auckland Richard Randerson, and Auckland City Councillors
Penny Sefuiva, Leila Boyle, Richard Northey, Neil Abel and Cathy Casey, called for all New Zealanders to better protect
and treasure children... See... Well-known NZers put up hands to protect children