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Bradford resignation loss for Parliament, children

25 September 2009

Bradford resignation a loss for Parliament - and for children

Barnardos New Zealand acknowledges the outstanding work of Sue Bradford during her time in Parliament and considers her imminent departure to be a significant loss for the people she so effectively represented during her time as a Member of Parliament.

“Sue Bradford entered parliament with a unique background in community development and political activism. This has enabled her to bravely and consistently represent some of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens including children, youth, and those in poverty,” said Murray Edridge, Chief Executive of Barnardos NZ.

“Of course, Ms Bradford will always be remembered for her stoic efforts to secure for children their right to legal protection from assault.

“The 2007 child discipline law marked significant progress towards the creation of a society in which children can live free from violence and we congratulate Sue for her leadership and determination to get the law passed.

“Sue has been a tireless advocate for children, young people and families. She will be greatly missed. We wish her all the very best as she moves on to new challenges and we are in no doubt she will continue to strive to make New Zealand a more just and equitable society,” concluded Mr Edridge.

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