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Boscawen's Bill Offers Solution For All

Posted on 26 Aug 2009

ACT New Zealand MP John Boscawen was today delighted that his Crimes (Reasonable Parental Control and Correction) Amendment Private Member's Bill had been drawn from the Ballot and said that – in the wake of the Anti-Smacking Referendum result – it could not have come at a better time.

"More than 1.4 million people voted ‘NO' in the referendum, expressing their view that lightly smacking children for the purpose of correction should no longer be illegal. My Bill offers the Government the perfect opportunity to achieve this," Mr Boscawen said.

"Despite what the critics say, my Bill does not condone child abuse. It simply clearly defines the use of reasonable force for correction and states that the effect must be no more than transitory or trifling.

"The fact is that parents need certainty under the law and my Bill – by amending Section 59 of the Crimes Act – achieves that.

"Earlier this month Prime Minister John Key stated on TVNZ's ‘Breakfast' that National would have supported this amendment had the Party been in Government when the current law was passed. If he was happy to support it then, he should be happy to support it now.

"ACT is still the only Party listening to parents and supporting a law change. Ignoring the voice of 1.4 million people is anti-democratic. If Mr Key and National want to do the right thing they should listen to the people of New Zealand and support ACT by passing this Bill," Mr Boscawen said.


Result No Surprise

Posted on 21 Aug 2009

ACT New Zealand MP John Boscawen was tonight pleased – but unsurprised – that 87.6 percent the 1,622,150 Kiwis who participated in the Anti-Smacking Referendum citizens voted ‘NO’.

“New Zealanders have tonight made it clear that the Anti-Smacking law passed by National, the Greens and Labour is not working,” Mr Boscawen said.

"ACT has spent two years as the only Party in Parliament listening to the views of the public on this issue – which is why I have introduced the Crimes (Reasonable Parental Control and Correction) Amendment Private Member's Bill on behalf of ACT.

“This Bill is ready to go and Prime Minister John Key could introduce it quickly to Parliament as a Government Bill so that good prents are no longer criminalized.

“This Bill will specifically set out the conditions that a light smack for the purpose of correction can be used, stating that the use of force is defined as unreasonable:

‘if it should cause the child to suffer injury that is no more than transitional or trifling; or it is inflicted with any weapon, tool or other implement; or it is inflicted in any means that is cruel or degrading.’

“My Bill will stop the criminalising of good parents and give them certainty under the law. New Zealand has spoken loud and clear and the Government must heed the call of an overwhelming majority of New
Zealanders,” Mr Boscawen said.


Inquiry Step In Right Direction

Posted on 20 Aug 2009

ACT New Zealand Finance Company Spokesman John Boscawen today welcomed the Commerce Select Committee’s decision to conduct an inquiry into the failing finance company sector that has ruined so many Kiwis’ lives.

"Since February I have been calling for an inquiry into the reasons why so many finance companies have collapsed - leaving a trail of devastation in their wake – and I feel it’s a personal victory that the Committee has finally agreed with me and I am grateful for their support," Mr Boscawen said.

"The Committee will look at what changes need to be made to the law – if any – to prevent such losses happening in the future.

"Billions of dollars have been lost – with some investors having been driven to suicide. Many other investors have lost their homes, their life-savings and will now struggle to survive in their retirement years.

"With thousands of people – many of whom are elderly and vulnerable – being affected, I urge anyone with strong views on this situation to make a submission. The terms of reference can be found at

"I am strongly urging investors to have their say so that this situation can be resolved and future investors are protected from the tragedy and heartache that we have witnessed to date," Mr Boscawen said.


Vote No For Conscience Sake

Posted on 11 Aug 2009

ACT New Zealand MP John Boscawen today urged Yes Vote Campaign's Deborah Morris-Travers to vote 'No' in the anti-smacking referendum given her public admission today that she doesn't want to see ordinary parents 'prosecuted for inconsequential physical punishment on children.

"On NewstalkZB today Mrs Morris-Travers also said 'no one wants to see that kind of prosecution happening because it is not in the interests of the children or in the public interest'," Mr Boscawen said.

"Mrs Morris-Travers' views are clearly more in line with those who will be voting No in the referendum, rather than the Yes Vote campaigners she currently represents.

"As it stands today good parents are breaking the law because it is illegal to lightly smack your child for the purpose of correction – despite what Yes Vote campaigners would have us believe. That is why it is important that there is a strong 'No' vote and that the Government acts on it.

"Mrs Morris-Travers knows this and her comments today would suggest that she is not actually in agreement with the philosophy she is currently promoting.

"I encourage her to heed her conscience and urge her to join the sensible majority of New Zealanders who will vote no in the referendum. It's time we gave parents certainty under the law and removed State intrusion into Kiwi homes," Mr Boscawen said.


English - Govt Spending Not Value For Money

Posted on 30 Jul 2009

ACT New Zealand Associate Finance Spokesman John Boscawen today called on Finance Minister Bill English to immediately cut Government spending, in the wake of his astounding admission that New Zealand households are not getting a good deal for the taxes they pay.

"Under sustained questioning on the increase in Government spending under National – which amounts to $100 per household per week – Mr English let slip that the average householder "is actually not getting the full $100 value." Mr Boscawen said.

"In other words, Mr English is ripping us off. What New Zealander would borrow $100 to spend on something worth $70? The answer is no one, unless someone else was paying for it, as Mr English is doing with our taxes.

"If Mr English recognises the lack of value for money in Government spending, how can he continue to indulge Prime Minister John Key’s wishlist of projects, including the cycleway and insulation for housing?

"ACT is now the only option for those who believe in smaller Government and lower taxes – National has sold out," Mr Boscawen said.


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