Govt Should Save $8M on Smacking Referendum

Family First NZ says that the government should save the taxpayer $8 million on a postal referendum and simply fix the anti-smacking law now.

“It is incredible that in the midst of a recession, the government will be spending that amount of money to tell them what they already know – that the law should be fixed,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

According to an Order in Council posted on the 15 September last year, the voting period for the Referendum will start on 31 July 2009 and end at 7 pm on Friday 21 August 2009.

“If the government is serious about cost cutting, tightening our financial belts and prioritised spending to the frontline, it makes far more sense to divert that amount of money to more teachers, nurses, doctors and cops.”

“The law can be easily fixed by removing the criminality of parents who use reasonable force for the purpose of correcting their children but at the same time having clear statutory limits on what constitutes reasonable force. This could be achieved through adopting the Borrows amendment which the National party was supporting before being ‘whipped’ to vote for the current confusing law.”

“NZ’ers are crying out for politicians to listen to the voice of the people and to tackle the real causes of child abuse without criminalising and threatening good parents with investigation and interference from already overworked police and CYF social workers,” says Mr McCoskrie.
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