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Another step closer to National’s Daddy State…

Reading this made me ponder a question…

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Law Society worried about instant dismissals

Updated at 19 August 2013 – 12:54 pm today

The Law Society says the Government could override basic rights with plans to allow instant dismissals of government workers who fail new child abuse screening.

The Vulnerable Children Bill will make the public sector more accountable for protecting children, as well as placing greater restrictions on known and suspected abusers.

It will allow courts to impose Child Harm Prevention Orders, restricting the movement of convicted child offenders and other adults assessed as posing a serious risk to children.

Workers on the Government’s payroll who have contact with children, including teachers, will all have to go through identity and police checks to screen out potential abusers.

About 370,000 pubic service workers are expected to be affected.

The chair of the Law Society’s family law section, Garry Collin, told Nine to Noon more screening is appropriate but he is worried innocent people could have their employment terminated.

Mr Collin says a vindictive partner could make false allegations of child abuse to an employer and unproven accusations made in the Family Court could affect people’s jobs.

He says there is always a balancing act between protecting children and the rights of innocent people.

Employment lawyer Andrew Scott-Howman says the suspicion of being a child abuser is enough to break a worker’s career forever.

“If an allegation is made that a teacher is suspected of inappropriate sexual behaviour, if you’re a parent would you want your child in that class, even if it’s just a suspicion and it comes to nothing and it could have been made maliciously?” he says.

Source: Radio NZ – Law Society worried about instant dismissals

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… how long will it be before a National Minister or backbench MP is caught up in allegations of child abuse?

Remember, all it takes is an allegation of hitting your own child. Not a conviction. Just an allegation.

And it can be historical – not current.

I wonder – how squeaky clean are every one of National’s current crop of MPs?!

Will Key insist that one of his fellow National MPs resign from Parliament if/when such an allegation surfaces?

Or will it be another case  a-la John Banks; nothing to see; nothing to know; one rule for those Born to Rule, and another for us plebs?

National may have set itself up for an own-goal of massive proportions – and I’m waiting with bated breath when the ka-ka hits the fan…

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can-o-worms

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So Mr Prime Minister – how saintly are your MPs?

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Additional

Radio NZ: Hear more about the plans for the new law on Nine to Noon

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  1. Mick
    19 August 2013 at 6:17 pm

    The Key Doctrine disregards expert opinion ! He knows better than any and all experts …just ask him .

  2. 19 August 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Suspension perhaps, but dismissals will require proof. NZ is still supposedly a democracy not a dictatorship…

  3. 20 August 2013 at 7:46 am

    As I mentioned when I shared this on Facebook. I believe this to be in breach both of Natural Justice and international agreements. Should this pernicious bill pass perhaps a request for UN intervention?

    • 20 August 2013 at 7:52 pm

      I’m fairly sure it does, Kiwimac. The ILO – to which we’re a signatory – might have a few words to say about this…

  4. 20 August 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Sounds like a recipe for a whole bunch of Peter Ellises if misused. Why stop at education, and not other professions that involve kids, like Scoutmasters or sports coaches?

    My inner tin-foil hatter suspects a plot to discredit the teacher unions, who have managed to remain an irritant to the Key Govt where others have failed.

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