Family First NZ is welcoming comments made by National’s candidate for Hamilton West Tim Macindoe that he opposes the anti-smacking law.
“Mr Macindoe is not the first National candidate to express his opposition to this flawed law,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“In fact we even had some National MP’s requesting copies of the petition forms asking for a Referendum on the issue, and a number of MP’s have privately expressed their frustration with their leader’s continued ignoring of calls for the law to be amended.”
“In the lead up to the vote on the Clark Bradford anti-smacking law, John Key said in a tv interview ‘I personally think that political parties that get so removed from the voters do suffer, and I think Helen Clark is effectively whipping and forcing her caucus to do something which frankly, in my view, is largely a conscience vote which is the way National is treating it with their MP’s.’”
“Ironically, both Labour and National whipped their members to vote for the anti-smacking law. It would never have got past the 2nd reading if it had remained a conscience vote,” says Mr McCoskrie.
Family First NZ is calling on National to adopt the amendment put forward by their MP Chester Borrows which clearly states that non-abusive smacking is not a crime and therefore not open to potential investigation and persecution by police and CYF.