Suspected child abusers could be banned from being around children for up to 10 years without being convicted of a crime under a proposed law to be announced today [...] If police or Child, Youth and Family believed on the "balance of probabilities" that someone posed a threat to a child, High Court or District Court judges could impose the ban, similar to restraining orders in cases of domestic violence.
Will these judgements be made publicly or privately? Will the person have a chance to defend themselves? We'll have to wait and see what the detail is on this proposed law.
Mrs Bennett expected opposition from human rights and civil liberties groups but believed she had the support of New Zealanders for the moves.
Ya think? Has Paula Bennett ever studied history? Looked at what increased state powers can do in a country?
Mrs Bennett admitted the law would be controversial but said she was putting the welfare of children first. There were too many children dying and on the balance of probabilities, the crime was committed by one adult in the room.
Children are in the most danger when their mother has relationships with men that are not married to her, whether they are biological father or not only confers a slight level of safety, so married step-fathers are far safer than unmarried biological fathers.
Marriage, not increased state powers is what will keep children safe. Wake up Paula!