Monday, 2 April 2007

2 April 2007 - tv3 - United Future proposes amendment to 'anti-smacking' bill

United Future proposes amendment to 'anti-smacking' bill

Mon-02-Apr-2007 1:17pm

United Future is proposing an amendment to the smacking bill to ensure parents can still to put a child in time-out without attracting police attention.

The bill by Green MP Sue Bradford would remove the defence of reasonable force if parents are arrested for assaulting their children.

United Future's Gordon Copeland claims the bill will make parents criminals when they simply pick a child up to take them to a 'naughty mat'.

He will put forward the amendment the next time the bill is heard, which may be tomorrow if the Government decides to adopt the legislation as its own.

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