In impeccable timing, this afternoon I heard the announcement that ACT MP John Boscawen’s Bill to amend Section 59 of the Crimes Act, in line with the Borrows amendment that defined reasonable force, had been drawn from the ballot.
However, John Key swiftly announced that National would not back it to Select Committee trotting out the flawed “the law is working” argument; basically, smacking is illegal but we promise to not enforce it as long as we are in government, which is somehow supposed to reassure parents. NOT.
So the bill appears dead in the water. Hopefully Boscawen will elect to delay its first reading until just before the next election.