National MPs’ Consciences Being Challenged

Family First NZ says that supporters are inundating National MPs’ in-boxes with emails asking them to demand a conscience vote on John Boscawen’s private members bill on the anti-smacking law.

“Since Sunday night, Cabinet Ministers have received more than 1,000 emails calling on them to acknowledge the result of the Referendum and decriminalise light smacking,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “They have completely ignored this call and the Referendum.”

“Now the focus is the National caucus as a result of John Key’s unilateral decision to pull National’s support from even sending Boscawen’s bill to a Select Committee.”

“We are calling on each individual MP to demand a conscience vote on John Boscawen’s amendment. This bill is a virtual replica of Chester Borrow’s amendment which virtually every National MP was fighting for before being ‘whipped’ by John Key to vote for the compromise law two years ago.”

“It is essential that National MP’s hear and respect the voice of NZ families on this issue and decriminalise light smacking,” says Mr McCoskrie. “
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