November 2005


Sue Bradford's Bill for repeal of section 59 Crimes Act has been carried over to the new Parliament and is currently before the Justice and Electoral Select Committee.  The Bill is open for submissions.  The closing date for submissions is 28th February 2006.

There is a danger that some Members of Parliament may want to modify or amend the bill to see "reasonable" or "unreasonable" force defined.  Politicians will need to be convinced that there is strong support for full repeal.  The pro-smackers will do their best to convince politicians either that there is no need for change, or that limited change only is needed