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NO Vote Wins Anti-Smacking Referendum

Posted on 21 Aug 2009

Kiwis have spoken. 87.6 percent of the 1,622,150 New Zealanders who participated in the Anti-Smacking Referendum have exercised their right to democracy and voted ‘NO’ (full provisional results). Now it is time for the politicians to listen.

ACT is the only Party that has opposed the anti-smacking legislation since it was introduced to parliament over two years ago and the only Party prepared to listen to Kiwis. We are calling on John Key and the National party to do the right thing. They cannot just ignore over 1.4 million New Zealanders.

Good parents should not be criminalised for using a light smack as part of good parental correction and the Prime Minister should immediately introduce John Boscawen's Crimes (Reasonable Parental Control and Correction) Amendment Bill. It could move quickly through the parliamentary process and parents would no longer have to endure government telling them how to raise their children.

Tonight New Zealanders have made their views clear again and it is time for politicians to listen, acknowledge the message that an overwhelming majority of New Zealanders are sending and, act on it.

ACT is listening and ready to act. The question remains - will the National Party?

Just to get things

Just to get things clear:

1.6 MILLION people voted to have this evil law changed - and you won't resign if it is not changed?

But a minor matter like Maori seats in Auckland, and you're going to resign?

get a sense of proportion. please.

Resign if the law isn't changed by Christmas and you'll be on 15% at the next election and really able to start fixing NZ

Keep voting in favour of business tax increases and you'll languish in deserved obscurity

New Zealanders have

New Zealanders have overwhelmingly voted for the anti-smacking law to be canned.
A total of 1,622,150 votes were cast with 87.6 percent in favour of repealing the controversial new law without using any installment loan.
The preliminary results from the $9 million citizens-initiated referendum which asked: "Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?" have just been released.
The Chief Electoral Office said it would now complete checks and count voting papers still to be received, before releasing the final result.
Based on the preliminary results there was a 54 percent voter turnout.
Prime Minister John Key said he had listened to the result of the referendum and plans to take some proposals to Cabinet on Monday.
Mr Key refused to tell reporters in Australia what those initiatives were but said they fell short of a law change.

Sinner, (comment at 10:10am)

Sinner, (comment at 10:10am) you know full well that Rodney's threatened resignation was because he couldn't introduce legislation to parliament as Minister that he and the Party couldn't support. It's pretty much irrelevant whether it's Maori seats or banning the sale of chewing gum. If he's the Minister and he cannot support the bill the position as Minister is untenable.

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