Green party’s atrocious vote on child abuse

UPDATED: My earlier blog incorrectly stated that the Maori party had voted against this bill. Thanks to Graeme for putting me right 🙂

From 3 News

The penalty for ill-treating or neglecting a child has been increased from five years to 10 years imprisonment under a bill passed by Parliament. The Crimes Amendment Bill (No 2) also creates a new offence of failing to take reasonable steps to protect a child or vulnerable adult from the risk of death, grievous bodily harm or sexual assault. The new offence carries a maximum penalty of 10 years.

Here’s the worst bit

Parliament voted 109-11 to pass it. The Green Party, Mana Party leader Hone Harawira and independent Chris Carter opposed it.

Shame on the Green party.

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7 comments for “Green party’s atrocious vote on child abuse

  1. 15 September 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Well its clear what priorities the Green Party and the Maori Party have!!!
    What more Will it Take???

  2. Chuck Bird
    15 September 2011 at 3:33 pm

    The numbers do not add up. Are you sure about the Maori Party?

  3. 15 September 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Bob might be sure, but he’s wrong.

    The bit that’s bolded mentions:

    The Green Party (9 votes)
    Mana Party (1 vote)
    Chris Carter (1 vote)

    It does not mention the Maori Party.

  4. Chuck Bird
    15 September 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks Graeme. I do have one concern about the legislation like much legislation and that is they bundle two things loosely related together. Someone might agree with doubling the penalty but disagree with charging people who failed to report child abuse.

    It would be if MPs could vote separately on these two issues IMHO.

  5. Chuck Bird
    15 September 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I meant It would be better if MPs could vote separately on these two issues IMHO.

  6. 15 September 2011 at 5:30 pm

    At the committee of the whole stage they can do just that.

  7. Bob
    15 September 2011 at 5:36 pm

    You’re right!!

    I stand corrected 🙂

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