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Hamilton: Public Meeting on S59

September 29th, 2009 by Madeleine

John Boscawen is holding a series of Public Meetings in various locations around New Zealand promoting his Bill to amend s59 of the Crimes Act to legalise the use of some types of reasonable force for the purposes of parental correction. Whilst the government would like everyone to think that this debate is over, Boscawen’s Bill is still alive; he has shrewdly removed it from impending vote and will re-admit it much closer to the next election.  His next meeting is in Hamilton:

When: Thursday 8 October, 7.30 pm
Hamilton Central Baptist Church, 33 Charlemont Street, Hamilton

Speaking with  him will be Bob McCoskrie, Larry Baldock and local MP David Bennett. The other local MP, Tim Macindoe, has also been invited. Sue Bradford declined the invitation to attend.

For more information, contact: Karen Bridgman on 09 531 5531 or

See my review of the Auckland version of this event.

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  • I hope we can get a good attendance this meeting and the one at Tauranga.

    This issue is more about the single issue of the right of a parent to smack a naughty toddler on the bum without committing a criminal offence.

    It is about who has primacy in how a child is raised ~ the parents or the State.

    If parents wish to teach their children that they should not have sex before marriage and/or that homosexuality is wrong then the schools should not undermine the parents’ moral teaching. School not only teach the students values that are in opposition to what they are taught at home but further undermine parental authority by arranging for contraceptive pills and even abortions for girls under the age of 16.

    The issue for arranging abortions for underage girls is completely separate from the issue of abortion in general. Underage girls may delay sex because they fear the consequences like unwanted pregnancy. Another factor may be that they accept what they parents tell them that they are simply too young. When schools tell them it is best to wait till you are older to have sex but if you choose to start now here is how to do it safely, they give these girls the green light and undermine what their parents have taught them at home.

    Parents have for too long let the State trample over their rights as parents. This latest attack on parents can be overturned but only if enough parents are not prepared to give up.