The Southland Times 18 September 2008
A survey by Invercargill MP Eric Roy shows a majority of Invercargill residents want to bring back smacking and ban cellphone use in cars. The survey was sent to 21,500 homes in Invercargill and asked questions on issues from health to a passenger train service. Almost 12,000 responses had come back and random sampling had been used to come up with statistics, Mr Roy said.
A total of 83 percent of people responding to the survey wanted to repeal the “anti-smacking” legislation removing a legal defence for parents to hit their children. About 93 percent thought cellphone use in cars should be banned and 57 percent supported a passenger train service out of Invercargill.