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« on: Mon 1 September, 2014 - 08:47 am »

You thought Colin Craig was weird, he's bringing other weirdos with him 


The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate claims.

Edward Saafi, who is fifth on the Conservative list and would be elected if they break the 5 per cent threshold, has delivered the striking message during recent speeches at Tongan churches, Fairfax has learned.

"We are starting to recognise the incidence of suicide going up in Pacific communities, especially the Tongan community and people are starting to understand the lead-on from this legislation.

"Once you pass it, children, rather than doing what mum and dad says, they go and commit suicide. It opens up another thing they could do," Saafi, who holds a doctorate in biomedicine, said.

Asked if he thought there was a direct link between the anti-smacking bill and youth suicide, Saafi said: "It's just common sense, really. It's our way of thinking parents have a role to look after their kids, including disciplining them. If the law tells the child that mum and dad can't discipline you any more, they will do whatever they want, including these other alternatives like suicide. It's quite appalling."


Stephen Bell of Youthline, a youth mental health counselling service, said there was nothing to support Saafi's views, and there had been a downward trend in youth suicide statistics since the law change in 2007.

"There is no evidence that links the two and I am quite horrified that someone will use the death of young people to try and rationalise or justify their particular view of the planet," he said.

Monique Faleafa, a doctor of clinical psychology who is chief executive of Le Va, which delivers a Pasifika suicide prevention programme, said: "The reasons why Pasifika people attempt to take their own lives are very complex; there is never any one thing but we know family violence is a risk factor - exposure to family violence in your early years is a significant risk factor.

"There is no evidence to support [Saafi's] comment."

Saafi said the legalisation of prostitution had led to children "sneaking off at night to get extra pocket money" and returning home with sexual infections, the treatment of which stretched their parents' budgets as they paid medical bills.

Saafi's Facebook pages link to a story about sexually-transmitted infections, to which he has added the comment: "New stronger gonorrhea strain sending clear message to human society".

Saafi is among little-known Conservative candidates who could be returned to the House if the party, bankrolled by millionaire leader Colin Craig, breaks the 5 per cent polling threshold to secure list MPs.
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