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Silly Sue and the Bradford Bill.

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,General,Law & Courts — Downunder @ 11:57 am Wed 23rd November 2005

Where did the funding for the anti smacking conference come from? From the families commission no doubt! Sue Bradford with monotonous regularity crusades against what the NZ public has already made a firm decision on. Leave section 59 alone. We should be encouraged by the presence of the children’s commission as guest speaker, when they have already publicly stated that they have no idea what the problem is. We are all past being fooled into believing this is concern for our children, when the real motivation is changing the law to create the state parent. This is not a new idea, it is a failed idea. The same law changes were made in Sweden in 1979, and contrary to claims by some groups that the legislation is worthy of emulation the evidence and conclusion drawn by independent studies in other countries says exactly the opposite. This opens the door to parents having no rights to their children and only responsibilities determined by the state and courts. That leaves me to conclude, Ms Bradford, that the only reason for your persistence is the ulterior motive. I would again encourage reasonable New Zealanders to rally against the stupidity of state disestablishment of the family. There are children at risk in this country, but their plight has nothing to do with section 59 of the crimes act.


  1. Several years ago, a friend had cause to reprimand his daughter, who was aged about nine at the time.

    She turned on him and told him that if she did not get her way, she would report him to CYPS. The poor little girl was horrified when my friend gently explained the consequences of such drastic action.

    Children are being taught that they have all the rights in the world, and no responsibilities, and we are now reaping the consequences of such stupidity.

    Comment by Darryl — Wed 23rd November 2005 @ 1:28 pm

  2. I am against an anti-smacking regime. I am against brutality and cruelty and inflicting bodily harm.
    Children these days seem to have no respect for adults, are full of their own rights and seem to be devoid of the concept responsibility.

    You only have to listen to the way children/youth speak of and to adults to see the impact of giving them power when they don’t know how to use it and respect it. It only puts pressure on the adult to manipulate. Is that healthy?

    Comment by Julie Keane — Mon 20th March 2006 @ 12:34 pm

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