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Activist, academic and former politician, Sue Bradford is a bold and fearless woman who has consistently stood up for what she believes in and in doing so has given a voice to many who would otherwise have gone unheard.
Bradford has been part of what she describes as the militant radical left of New Zealand street politics since she was a schoolgirl. After unsuccessfully contesting the Auckland Mayoralty in 1998 Bradford joined the New Labour Party and then the Green Party, and spent a decade (1999 to 2009) as a list MP for the Greens.
In 2005, her Member’s Bill, which proposed amending section 59 of the Crimes Act 1961 to remove the legal defence of “reasonable force” for parents prosecuted for assault on their children, was selected from the ballot. Known as “the anti-smacking bill” it caused widespread debate before finally being passed in 2007. Since leaving politics Bradford has remained active in education for social change and action against poverty.
Watch this excerpt from TVNZ News at 8 covering Sue Bradford’s Valedictory Speech to Parliament in 2009.
Find out more about Sue Bradford:
View Sue's blog on 'Pundit' .
Follow Sue Bradford on Twitter.
Image: Screengrab from TVNZ News at 8.
Catalogue Reference TZP376834
Production Company: TVNZ