'Families Commission' Threatens Parental Rights
DESTINY NEW ZEALAND
PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
29 August 2005
United Future's 'Families Commission' Threatens Parental Rights
Destiny New Zealand has questioned the 'Families Commission' support for the anti-smacking Bill put forward by Green MP Sue Bradford.
"The anti-smacking Bill blatantly undermines parental rights and responsibilities. A repeal of Section 59 of the Crimes Act would potentially criminalize thousands of responsible parents and tear families apart," says party leader Richard Lewis.
Destiny New Zealand strongly opposes the repealing of Section 59 so that parents retain the right to administer proper corrective discipline to their own children without fear of the State.
"United Future is trumpeting the Families Commission as their great achievement. Based on this situation, they've just created another bureaucratic machine to wreak havoc on families", Lewis added.