Garth George: Referendum no answer to parental worry

NZ Herald Jun 18, 2009

I received in the letterbox this week official notification of the citizens initiated referendum to be held at the beginning of August and marvelled again at the absolute futility of the whole business. This referendum will cost the country something like $9 million, will tell us nothing we don’t already know and, being non-binding on the Government, will end up in a pigeonhole somewhere in Wellington. And such is their contempt for the referendum that Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader Phil Goff won’t even vote in it.

The stupidity surrounding the whole business is of even more concern. If the law is an ass, then Section 59 of the Crimes Act 1961, as amended by Parliament a couple of years ago, is a whole herd of them.