Stuff.co.nz 13 January 2014
Conservatives party leader Colin Craig has as good as confirmed a change to the anti-smacking law will be a bottom line if his party finds itself in a position to prop up the Government.
Craig also admitted to smacking his child on occasion, in an interview with RadioLive this morning.
“I occasionally do it right now. Like two thirds of other parents in New Zealand, I am not putting the good raising of a child behind a silly law.”
Craig acknowledged he was breaking the law, but he still expected to get votes.
“They [parents] like me, know this law is a stupid law and it’s not doing anything curb the abuse of children in this country.”
Craig said he was not calling it a bottom-line at this stage because the election had not yet happened and he was not in a position to call the shots.
But if he found himself in that position come election time, it would “absolutely” be on the table for review.