The NZ Herald’s Audrey Young on why some MPs still opposed the the anti-smacking bill despite a last minute amendment.
Hat Tip Lindsay Mitchell
Voting against the bill will be the two Act MPs, leader Rodney Hide and Heather Roy; two of United future’s MPs, Gordon Copeland and Judy Turner, and the independent MP Taito Phillip Field.
The Act MPs come from a libertarian tradition and believe that the bill not only criminalises parents who smack but that it is an example of state interference in people’s lives.
In the end, only 9 of 120 MPs voted against the Bill.
I’m proud that ACT’s Rodney Hide and Heather Roy opposed the bill every step of the way.
I’m even more proud that they were consistent in their reasoning. ACT’s MPs opposed the bill simply because it is a gross intrusion by the state into family life.
That all of National’s MPs voted for this bill, should cause grave concern to all who value individual liberty and personal responsibility.