Another s59 Review – Same Sales Pitch

Key points
* The SEVENTH review of this law in just over 2 years, and another one to come in less than a month!
* Simply looks at figures but still fails to interview parents and families reported, investigated, and some even prosecuted. What is the effect of the law on them?

Family First is labeling the latest report on the anti-smacking law as the ‘Ostrich’ report – the head in the sand report – a non-independent report by a government department on behalf of the government trying to justify a flawed and ineffective law.

“Ironically they’re trying to justify a law by saying it’s doing nothing,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “And most disturbingly the child abuse and assault rates march on – which the report acknowledges.”

“There’s plenty of evidence of investigation and persecution of good parents already provided by Family First, but the bottom line is that the politicians are trying to justify criminalising an action that the overwhelming majority of NZ’ers don’t believe should be criminalised.”

“We have never had so many reports trying to justify a law change.”

“As was famously stated, you can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig! NZ’ers want the real causes of child abuse tackled – and urgently.”
ENDS