Light smack – it’s not OK

NZPA / Newstalk ZB September 9, 2010
A bill that would have effectively repealed the anti-smacking law by again allowing parents to use “reasonable force” to discipline their children was defeated in Parliament last night by 115 votes to five. The member’s bill was sponsored by ACT MP David Garrett, who said that although police had discretion over prosecuting for a light smack, it was still an offence in law and had to be removed from the statutes. “The law has turned good parents into criminals, in the same category as those who bash and kill their children,” he said. Mr Garrett said the law hadn’t worked anyway because since the legislation was passed 20 children had been murdered and notifications of child abuse had increased.