Garth George: Law change has not stopped child abuse

NZ Herald Aug 27, 2009

If Prime Minister John Key is to maintain his and his party’s credibility in the eyes of the public, he has no choice but to return Section 59 of the Crimes Act to Parliament and have it amended again. Only by doing that can he and his National-led Government bring this red-herring anti-smacking controversy to an end.

It has been going on now for more than two years and all it has served to do is to take all the emphasis away from the real issue – the dreadful epidemic of child abuse we are suffering in New Zealand. There is no question the law change has had no effect whatsoever on child abuse. This month alone, two little ones have been killed and two put in hospital shockingly injured.