"Sue Bradford ... was asked whether it would be possible to smack children after her bill becomes law - and she said no."
- Newtalk ZB, March 15, 2007
"This whole debate is about whether or not parents who smack should be prosecuted."
- Chester Burrows, March 13, 2007
"It should not, one would have thought, have been beyond the ability of our Parliamentarians to come up with a law which says a slap on the hand or bum with the open hand is OK, and anything else is not. But it looks like they can’t manage that."
- Transtasman, 15 March 2007
Bob McCroskie: "So you do not want to see smacking banned?"
Helen Clark: "Absolutely not, I think you are trying to defy human nature."