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Bradford Encourages Parents To Carry On Smacking

In a stunning turnaround, Green MP Sue Bradford has told parents that smacking is not a criminal offence and implied that groups like Barnardos, Plunket, Every Child Counts and politicians who have said that the aim of the law was to ban parents physically punishing their children are misleading

Peters: Debates And Coalitions

Peters: Debates And Coalitions

New Zealand First will not get into debates about debates but is happy to publicly discuss the real issues facing the country at any time any place.

Fitzsimons: Bully-Boy Tactics Attempt To Gag MMP Parties

Fitzsimons: Bully-Boy Tactics Attempt To Gag MMP Parties

The Green Party is disappointed that TV3 has allowed itself to be bullied by Helen Clark and John Key, and effectively gagged the MMP parties.

Kedgley: Consumer Protection More Vital Than Trade In Chinese Food Scandal

In the wake of the European Union's ban on imports of all Chinese milk-related products for children over the weekend, the New Zealand Government must put consumers before trade deals in its handling of the melamine scandal, Green Party MP Sue Kedgley says.

Family Party: Fixing Smacking Law Family Party Priority

Family Party: Fixing Smacking Law Family Party Priority

29 SEPTEMBER 2008 - Fixing the flawed smacking law was amongst the Top 10 Policy priorities released by the Family Party on Saturday.

The party aims to reinstate Section 59 of the Crimes Act to afford parents who responsibly smack their children protection from criminal liability.

Family First: Another Smacking Poll - Same Response

Family First: Another Smacking Poll - Same Response

29 September 2008 - Family First NZ says that the NZ Herald poll showing 86% opposition to the anti-smacking law is further proof that the law is fundamentally wrong and should be changed.

English: Repealing The EFA & Reinstating Free Speech

English: Repealing The EFA & Reinstating Free Speech

28 September 2008 - National Party Deputy Leader Bill English says all New Zealanders with an interest in free speech will welcome John Key's confirmation today that a National-led Government will repeal the oppressive Electoral Finance Act.

Tolley: Teacher Council Improvements Slow In Coming

28 September 2008 - National Party Education spokeswoman Anne Tolley says the Education Minister must say whether he is satisfied with the way the Teachers Council is enforcing the competency among those in front of our classrooms.

Key: Recession Underlines Need For Economic Plan

Key: Recession Underlines Need For Economic Plan

"Today it's official, Labour has led New Zealand into recession and most worryingly Helen Clark is still failing to articulate any plan to get our country's economy growing again," says National Party Leader John Key.

Henare: Nat Victory As Maori Trustee Bill Bites The Dust

National is delighted that parts of Labour's flawed Maori Trustee and Maori Development Amendment Bill have finally been thrown out, says National's Maori Affairs spokesman (Education & TPK), Tau Henare.