Monday, 16 April 2007

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Section 59 Crimes Act Repeal Bill
Green MP Sue Bradford's "anti-smacking" bill is up for debate.

Ms Bradford's bill is now a private member's bill.

The bill, which is going through a clause by clause debate in Parliament, comfortably passed its first real hurdle.

National MP Chester Borrows first series of amendments were not upheld with votes against the amendments of 63 to 58.

When debate resumes on the bill, MPs will debate Mr Borrows next amendment, which seeks to permit reasonable force, defined as a light smack with the hand with a trifling and transitory impact.

The bill, which removes the defence of using reasonable force to discipline a child for anyone accused of assault, has had New Zealanders split on its merits.

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