Smacking Law: Winston Peters a ‘dangerous old man’ – Sue Bradford

NewsHub 27 March 2017
Family First Comment: NZ First says they will send it back to a Referendum. Haven’t we already had one?

Winston Peters has been labelled a “dangerous old man” who’s “really past his prime”, after vowing to repeal the so-called anti-smacking law.

Sue Bradford, the former Green MP behind the law, told The AM Show on Monday she was “horrified” by his recent comments.

“What he’s advocating is the return of the legalising of assault on our children, which is the last thing our kids need and the last thing the kids of Northland need.”

The Northland MP and NZ First leader on Friday said: “We are going to repeal the anti-smacking law which doesn’t work, and has in fact seen greater violence towards children.”

Ms Bradford said: “He’s talking about this on the back of the incident up in Kaikohe recently with the young people rampaging.

“Those kids probably see far too much violence I’d suggest in their lives already, far too much poverty, unemployment, a lack of opportunities for their families in their part of the country.”

Conservative lobby group Family First says there have been massive increases in child abuse in the decade since the law began, but Ms Bradford says repealing the anti-smacking law won’t fix that.

“As the truly dreadful levels of family violence in this country continue, they cannot be laid to this law. No law can stop that.”
READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/03/winston-peters-a-dangerous-old-man-sue-bradford.html

Winston Peters: Vow to repeal anti-smacking law
NewsTalk ZB 27 March 2017
New Zealand First has pledged to repeal the anti-smacking law.

Leader Winston Peters in a speech on Friday said; “We are going to repeal the anti-smacking law which doesn’t work and has in fact seen greater violence towards children.”
LISTEN TO NZ FIRST LEADER WINSTON PETERS SPEAK WITH LEIGHTON SMITH
http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/leighton-smith-show/winston-peters-vow-to-repeal-anti-smacking-law/

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters wants referendum on anti-smacking law
NZ Herald 27 March 2017
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters wants a referendum on smacking laws to go to the people.

Peters said in a speech on Friday the party’s policy was to hold a referendum on the anti-smacking law.

“From the word go, we said this matter should go to a referendum with New Zealand people who are far more reliable and trustworthy on these matters, rather than a bunch of temporarily empowered parliamentarians,” he told Newstalk ZB.

“I said very clearly that we’ve got young people running amok up here and around the country. They can’t be touched. There’s a hundred reasons given by sociologists and apologists for what’s happening, but these people know what’s wrong, know what they’re doing is wrong, know they can’t be touched, know there’s no consequences.”
READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11826327
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