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New Zealand

2 November 2004

New Zealand Press Association

People in rural areas should have the right to defend themselves and their property, says Act MP Stephen Franks. The law should be changed so they don't feel helpless in their homes. Mr Franks, the party's justice spokesman, yesterday launched his draft of the Crimes (Self-Defence) Amendment Bill, which seeks to restore the defence of provocation, removed in the 1980 Crimes Act. The issue has come to the fore following the home invasion and assault of Rotorua... (

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