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Electoral law has 'chilling effect' on public debate

Electoral law has ‘chilling effect’ on public debateThe head of the Electoral Commission has described the new electoral law as having had a “chilling effect” on people’s willingness to speak out over election issues. In an outspoken speech, Dr Helena Catt has outlined the difficulties… [NZ Herald Politics]

Would it be churlish of me to say “I told ya so”?

Of course it would but i did, loudly and with all my ability and still they wouldn’t listen. Now the person responsible for administering the law echoes ominously the words that the human Rights Commission uttered, “chilling effect”, when describing the Electoral Fiannce Act.

Make no mistake. Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First with some help from Peter Dunne colluded to make this dramatic assault on one of our freedoms. They deliberately have tried to silence new Zealanders from speaking against the government. They must all be thrown from office and the law repealed.

Only a party vote for ACT or National can throw this law out. 

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Bradford's Bill working a treat

Wandering toddler case: No charges, say police – New Zealand news on

You get arrested for clipping the ear of a ten year old, but leave a 2 year on the street naked while you go to the pub and that is okay. (so long as you don?t smack them)

Police investigating reports of two children being abandoned on Hamilton’s Bader St last weekend will not be laying charges, despite being initially “appalled” at the woman’s actions.

On Monday, police said the woman locked her two-year-old daughter and 10-year-old nephew out of her house to go the pub.

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Clark and Braford's nightmare delivered to parliament

Petition for smacking referendum reaches Parliament – New Zealand, world, sport, business & entertainment news on

The anti-anti-smacking petition was delivered to parliament today complete with 322,000 signatures. If a referendum has to be held, I bet Clark will try to put it off until after the election.


Is this what we expect from our Civil Servants?

I received this by email. Kere Menzies sent in this Letter to the Editor in the Southland Times


The Children?s Commissioner Cindy Kiro has been fairly scathing in her remarks regarding the New Zealand-based organisation Family First.

It is fairly ironic that she finds fault when organisations such as this are doing the job she is paid for ? being a voice for New Zealand families and children.

Whilst she has been very vocal when attacking these groups, she is mysteriously quiet on the Trevor Mallard incident during the ?It?s Never OK? Violence Campaign funded by the Government, very quiet when the prostitution report from South Auckland was released earlier this year highlighting the number of young teenagers prostituting themselves, silent when police refused to prosecute a 21-year-old who got a 13-year-old pregnant (after starting the relationship when she was 11), non-existent for the recent cancelling of the sentence for a woman who pleaded guilty to infanticide and, the worst yet, not even interested over the ultimate child abuse of abortion.

Like the Children?s Commission, Cindy Kiro is a waste of space and good taxpayers? money. This is the year for change.

Cindy Kiro responded thus;


This letter appears to be part of a campaign against my office by extremist religious political lobby group Family First as it quotes liberally from the most recent Family First newsletter. For this reason I question the letter?s originality and validity.

As Children?s Commissioner I speak out wherever I see the safety and wellbeing of children is being jeopardised.

Some of the instances referred to in this letter, I was, in fact, the first to speak out on, for example, the 21-year-old who got a 13-year-old pregnant.

I don?t think even my detractors could ever say I am mysteriously quiet when it comes to matters of child welfare.

I am tired of extremist religious lobby groups such as Family First using children as a political football to push their wider political agenda

This reply from Kiro is disgusting and not the standard of behaviour we expect from our civil servants. So opinions are not to be tolerated if they appear similar to Family First huh? The Government first regulated freedom of speech and now they are regulating through the bully boy civil servants opinion. It is ok for the Prime Ministers “husband” to write letters but not ok for someone who has read a Family First pamphlet.

Petition passed 300k signatures

Petition aiming to revoke smacking bill passes 300,000 – New Zealand, world, sport, business & entertainment news on

Oh dear, not only is the government facing deepening corruption, graft and bribery allegations it now has to fight the election defending itself from 300,000 voters who think they and the Greens got it wrong.

Oh well, you reap what you sow.


Hmmm…..Looks like the anti-smacking police are on patrol in a Primary School near YOU!

An email arrived today. This is what it said. No other comment, it speaks for itself.

—–Original Message—–
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 1:30 PM
To: Whale Oil Beef Hooked
Subject: Fwd: The Smacking Police


I was talking to my mother-in-law, who had just been down to Invercargill with her grandchildren.

Guess what little Mr 5-year-old was taught on his second day of school. Go on.


The Year 1 class at Otatara Primary School received a visit from a local Invercargill policeman, on just their second day of school this year. What law-enforcement issues did the policeman want to share with the 5-year-olds?

How to tell the police about vandals? How to spot prowling paedophiles? How to deal with bullies? No. The Invercargill Police are using their policing resources to inform 5-year-olds that it is illegal for Mum and Dad to smack them! The children were told that they were not allowed to be smacked at all.

Yes – the police, who we were earlier told would only investigate serious abuse as a result of the smacking law reform, are now telling 5-year-old children to report *any* smacking they receive.

Of course, little Mr 5-year-old – who is currently testing boundaries of behaviour to see what he can get away with – came home to jubilantly announce to his Mum and Dad that any smacking is illegal.

I wonder if this ‘State education’ of our children is part of a national strategy? Is this really what we are paying our police to do?
As much as it pains me to be on the same ‘side’ as the fundies on this one, it seems that we’re breeding brats and assholes with the no-smacking law.


XXXXXX(Name withheld by request


Another child for Sue Bradford's Wall of Shame

Police investigate 11-month-old with ‘bashed skull’ – 12 Feb 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news

You know, I thought our kiddies were safe. That is what Sue said when they passed the law.

I bet the parents are Maori. That isn’t a racist statement btw, just that if I was a betting man and the TAB took such bets the odds are way in my favour.

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They said it wouldn't happen

Dad charged with child assault over ear flicking – 29 Jan 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news

They said it wouldn’t happen that common-sense would prevail but no-one counted on the busy-bodies.
[quote]Police have charged a man, who complained publicly when he was warned about flicking his son on the ear, with child assault.

Professional musician James “Jimmy” Mason, 49, has been charged with two counts of assaulting a child.

Police said the charges relates to an incident on December 19 when Mason was with his two children.

Mason flicked his three-year-old son Seth after a biking accident involving his two-year-old son Zach who had injured his eye.[/quote]

He was originally warned that went on his record, now it appears his record is going to get worse. So much for trifling and inconsequential!!!

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