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Audio: John Angus and Katrina McLennan discuss the need to retain the Child Discipline Law

August 24, 2009

Children’s Commissioner John Angus and Family Court lawyer Katrina McLennan were intereviewed on Morning Report today.  Key points:

  • The legislation is working well for children and parents
  • We’re not seeing lots of parents being investigated and dragged before the courts
  • The law has given assurance to children and says that violence against children is totally unacceptable, that they should be protected from assault the same as anyone else
  • The law has given legitimacy and reinforced bystanders getting involved where they see a parent assaulting their child, as in the Jimmy Mason case
  • The law will not end child abuse in NZ overnight, but it’s an important first step
  • Allowing smacking sends a message that violence is acceptable
  • The Police and Child Youth and Family are not unduly targeting parents

Katrina asks, is this about protecting children or protecting parents? Which is more important?

To us, the choice seems clear.

Listen to the Audio:

Attitudes are changing

August 19, 2009

In a Morning Report story today, Paediatrics Society spokesperson Russell Wills says that attitudes toward violence are changing. Parents are now approaching medical professionals saying, “I know I’m not allowed to hit my kids – can you help me?”.

The story points out that in the 2007-2008 CYF reporting year, although notifications involving smacking are up, cases requiring futher action have dropped – indicating that the law is working.

Larry Baldock can’t name a single example of smacking being criminalised

June 17, 2009

Larry Baldock, the organiser of the referendum,was comprehensively owned by Sean Plunket on National Radio’s Morning Report programme today.

The referendum organiser cannot come up with a single example where a parent has been criminalised for smacking a child.

Baldock: It is absolutely clear that if a parent uses any reasonable force right now to correct their child right now they are breaking the law…

Plunket: Can you give us an example of that having happened?

Baldock: There are examples that we’ll have available…

Plunket: Can you give us a single example of that having happened, please?

Baldock: There was a grandfather for example, who tipped his grandson out of a chair because the grandson refused to obey his grandfather to turn down the television and so on.

Plunket: Was he convicted and was that a smack?

Baldock: He plead guilty …

Plunket: Was that a smack?

Baldock: No, he tipped him out of a chair….

Plunket: Can you point to anyone who has been criminalised for smacking a child?

Baldock: Yes we can.

Plunket: Please, could you give me an example?

Baldock: Well, I’ll have to go to my list of examples.

Plunket: Can you give me a single example off the top of your head?

Baldock: No, not off the top of my head, I can’t.

… and so on.

Wouldn’t it be nice to send Baldock a bill for $9m?

Audio: Morning Report story on the referendum

June 15, 2009

National Radio ran a story on Morning Report today on the referendum, with guest spots by Deborah Morris-Travers, Sue Bradford, Larry Baldock, and Bob McCoskrie.

Druis Barrett quits the Families Commission in protest

May 14, 2009

Druis Barrett resigned from The Families Commission today in protest at Christine Rankin’s appointment.

In an excellent interview on today’s Morning Report (listen below), she says “I wouldn’t go as far as to say that [Christine Rankin] was racist, but she’s damn well close to it”.  In the same interview, Hone Kaa agrees with her, saying that Rankin’s comments were unhelpful.

The Herald reports that Rankin’s comment that so upset Barrett was “Maori whanau don’t look after their own, and that [they] should be responsible for the many children that are at risk and have been killed”, implying that Māori were doing nothing about the problem.

In fact, groups like Te Kahui Mana Ririki, Save The Children, Barnardos and Plunket have been running Māori led programs to attack these problems for years.

Listen to the Morning Report interview:

Plunket Barnardos Save the Children Unicef Jigsaw Ririki Parents CentrePaediatric Society Womens Refuge Epoch

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