National gets behind limits on smacking

NZ Herald 12 Oct 06
Parliament appears set to drastically lower the level of force that parents can use against their children even if Green MP Sue Bradford’s “anti-smacking” bill is not passed.
National Party MP Chester Borrows has proposed a new amendment to ban all force against children causing more than “transitory and trifling discomfort” – including bruises, welts, skin cuts or broken bones. “This drastically drops the threshold. It would allow a light smack. It would not allow a heavy blow,” Mr Borrows said.