Saturday, August 22, 2009

Referendum Wrap-Up

...and who IS The Orange Man?Well, it's all over bar the shouting, as they say.
But actually, it's NOT all over...and you can guarantee, if not shouting, there'll be mumbling for months to come (about the question's clarity, the response/lack of, the will of the people, the cost...)!
The Citizen's-Initiated anti-smacking Referendum has closed, with 87.6% of those who voted ticking 'no' to the question: "Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?"
As previously mentioned, this referendum is not binding on the government, but as expected there're calls for a law amendment anyway.
Also as expected, the champion of the anti-smacking law, MP Sue Bradford, lost...but the question was flawed, so it's hard to draw any conclusions from the results.
Sorry, Sue, but the voters are not as stupid as you possibly think: the question was clear. The result was clear. Now the government's actions are required to be just as clear.

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