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posted by Swimming at
National supported the bill that was passed. One can't really expect them to campaigning against it. This simply underscores how empty and stupid the entire referendum effort on this subject is. Those 390,000 people have never read the Crimes Act 1961. Under Section 194(a) assault on children was ALWAYS illegal. Repealing the defence that allowed parents to get away with seriously beating their children made sense that is why National supported it.
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Well heres the other side to your argument...apparently you haven't read the Crimes Act very well either. Because there was a defence (or justification, in technical parlance) there was no illegality - from the Crimes Act:Justified, in relation to any person, means not guilty of an offence and not liable to any civil proceedingAccording to Graeme Edgeler, Your argument is analogous to saying that people who act in self-defence - or police officers who properly arrest people - are breaking the law. They're not
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