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>New Zealand voters do not wish to criminalise smacking

>Following from my recent post on whether or not parents who smack should be criminals. The preliminary results to the recent New Zealand citizen’s initiated referendum are available. To the question:

  • Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?

1.6 million of an eligible 3.0 million people (54%) voted by postal ballot.

Vote Yes

  • A smack as part of good parental correction should be a criminal offence

got 12%.

Vote No

  • A smack as part of good parental correction should not be a criminal offence

got 88%.

Results of referendums are not binding for New Zealand government.

  1. 2009 August 21 at 14:12

    The question was phrased a little biasedly, but the important thing is that the results were good.

  2. 2009 August 21 at 16:37

    Common sense prevails…

  3. Anonymous
    2009 August 23 at 09:06

    the law also prevails which is in opposition to common sense.

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