Just when National was hoping the smacking debate would start to die down, it is about to ramp back up again.
Act MP John Boscawen's private members bill has drawn from the ballot box.
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The purpose of the bill is to repeal and replace section 59 of the Crimes Act 1961.
When it goes before the house for its first reading next month, MPs will be asked to change the law so parents will no longer be committing a criminal offence if they use reasonable force to correct their children's behaviour.
The bill also aims to set clear limits on what is reasonable force.
The bill's drawing comes after the final result of the
smacking referendum showed 87% of voters don't
believe smacking should be a criminal offence.
Boscawen says he can see no reason why his peers would oppose the Bill.
He says more people voted in the smacking referendum than voted for MMP and that is an overwhelming endorsement for a law change.
Meanwhile, the Green's Sue Bradford says hopes Parliament will unilaterally reject the bill.
On her Twitter page, Bradford says it's unbelievable.
She says the bill is very dangerous and must be opposed at all
costs and it would be a huge step backwards for the country and a
real tragedy for our children.
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