Cracks in National’s Stance on Referendum

Family First NZ is welcoming comments from Hamilton West MP Tim Macindoe (Waikato Times 13 July) that he will be voting no in the upcoming Referendum and, like Family First, believes that the Chester Borrows amendment is the solution.

“Tim Macindoe joins Cabinet Minister Paula Bennett and other National MP’s who have signaled their support for a change in the law,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “We even had National MP’s requesting copies of the petition forms demanding the Referendum in the first place.”

“We call on the Prime Minister to test this issue on his Caucus. Virtually all of the National caucus before the election was supporting the Borrows amendment. Our understanding is that the current National Caucus has not been tested on this issue. We believe John Key has the numbers with the support of the ACT party to amend this law so that good parents aren’t criminalized for light smacking for the purpose of correction.”

“We estimate that there are probably only two to three National MP’s who would oppose an amendment, and there are potentially even some Labour MP’s who under a free conscience vote, which they have never had, would also support a law change.”

“The Prime Minister is running out of excuses for not changing the law. It’s time he listened, and acted,” says Mr McCoskrie.

Family First NZ is calling on National to adopt the private members bill put forward by ACT MP John Boscawen (similar to the Chester Borrow’s amendment) which clearly states that non-abusive smacking is not a crime and therefore not open to potential investigation and persecution by police and CYF.


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