Story: Family welfare

'Anti-smacking' bill protesters (1st of 2)

'Anti-smacking' bill protesters

Protesters marched on Parliament on 29 March 2007 to protest against the Crimes Amendment Bill, which would end parents’ right to use a defence of using 'reasonable force' to discipline their children in child abuse cases. They wanted to say that smacking was not the same as abuse and that the change to the Crimes Act would criminalise parents who smacked their children.

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Maureen Baker and Rosemary Du Plessis, 'Family welfare - Family welfare in the 21st century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 July 2022)

Story by Maureen Baker and Rosemary Du Plessis, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 29 Jun 2018