Month: September 2013

Bill targeting loan sharks clears first hurdle

Stuff.co 27 Sept 2013 Legislation targeting unscrupulous money lenders has had its first reading in Parliament and although it has been generally welcomed across the political spectrum, some question the time it has taken to reach this stage. The Credit…

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Prostitutes accosting teens

Stuff.co 27 Sept 2013 Prostitutes are soliciting young teenagers on their way to school in Papatoetoe, three concerned mothers say. Residents are also being subjected to obscene language and human waste or used condoms are often found on footpaths, they…

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Conservatives promote House bill to protect opponents of gay marriage

Washington Post 26 Sept 2013 Conservatives are rallying around a House bill designed to protect religious people who advocate for traditional marriage — a belief, they say, that is held in increasing contempt. But supporters of same-sex marriage say the…

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Death of Assisted Suicide Bill Welcomed

Media Release 26 Sep 2013 Family First NZ is welcoming the news that Labour MP Maryann Street has withdrawn her private members bill which would attempt to decriminalise assisted suicide or euthanasia. “To legalise assisted suicide would place large numbers…

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Embarrassment barrier for abused men

Stuff.co.nz 9 July 2013 Men are suffering from domestic abuse, but embarrassment will usually stop them coming forward until it is extreme, police say. Men often wait until knives are pulled before seeking help, Detective Sergeant Alan McGlade from the…

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Child protection bill passes first hurdle

OneNews 26 Sept 2013 A new bill which would see offenders receive tougher sentences if their crime was committed in front of a child has passed its first reading in Parliament. NZ First MP Asenati Lole-Taylor’s Sentencing (Protection of Children…

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Have We Lost Our Way On Domestic Violence?

NZLawyer extra, edition 72, 26 April 2013 – Steven Zindel, principal, Zindels Barristers and Solicitors Do we over measure the incidents of family violence? Does the state need to become involved in every case? When section 59 of the Crimes…

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Sweden : criminal assaults on children rise following ban on smacking

· Robert E. Larzelere, Taren Swindle, Byron R. Johnson, ‘Swedish Trends in Criminal Assaults against Minors since Banning Spanking, 1981-2010’, International Journal of Criminology and Sociology , 2013, 2, pp129-137. http://www.lifescienceglobal.com   New research has revealed a dramatic rise in cases…

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Number of Dutch killed by euthanasia rises by 13 per cent

The Telegraph 24 Sept 2013 Voluntary euthanasia or physician assisted suicide, where a doctor is present while a patient kills themselves, usually by drinking a strong barbiturate potion, has been legal in the Netherlands since 2002. Requests have risen steadily…

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Rich Chinese shopping for surrogate mums in US

NZ Herald 25 Sept 2013 Wealthy Chinese couples are paying up to US$200,000 ($239,850) for American women to become surrogate mothers as they try to circumvent their own country’s one-child policy and obtain United States citizenship for their offspring. In…

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