A law change to help our kids grow up safe
In 2005, a Green Party Bill was drawn from the Parliamentary ballot to help protect children from violence and abuse. We wanted to give children the same legal protection against violence as adults, and to help change the culture of violence against children that permeates our society.
The bill, sponsored by former Green MP Sue Bradford, repealed part of the Crimes Act which used to allow parents a defence of ‘reasonable force for the purposes of correction' when they hit, whacked, smacked or beat their children.
For two years the bill was debated fiercely. In the end, 113 MPs out of 121 supported its passage, with amendments, and the new law came into effect in June 2007.