Smacking tops Family First agenda

TVNZ January 02, 2011
Family First NZ has renewed its push to get rid of the ‘anti-smacking law’. The organisation has released its annual list of the top family issues to be tackled and said with 2011 being an election year it is timely to apply pressure over the controversial law. “For the first time in three years, the politicians will be forced to listen to the views of New Zealanders,” national director Bob McCoskrie said. “The government hoped that by ignoring parents, the smacking debate would disappear, but while good parents who are trying to raise law abiding productive members of society are criminalised for simply doing their job, the debate will not be going away,” he said. McCoskrie said the political will of both National and Labour to ignore families on this issue has been breathtaking.
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