Anyone spoken to Sue Bradford lately to find out how her anti-smacking law is working out?
The legislation was never intended to be an instant fix because there is not an instant fix, it takes years if not generations to change attitudes and behaviour. It was a start and a necessary start to change society's attitudes and habits. The resistance to the change is evidence that changing those attitudes will take a long time. It goes in part to educating New Zealand that there are positive alternatives to hitting our young.
NZ is not a safe place for kids and compared to similar countries our record is not good at all, a quarter of a century at the coal face leaves me in no doubt that the anti smacking laws was a positive and important start.