Friday, 21 August 2009

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.

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