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Bradford says result inconclusive

Published: 9:19PM Friday August 21, 2009 Source: ONE News

The champion of the anti-smacking law, Green Party MP Sue Bradford, says it is hard to draw any conclusions from the referendum results based on such a flawed question.

The referendum asked "Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?"

In preliminary results, 87.6% have voted no and 11.81% voted yes.

Bradford says even though people care passionately about the issue, just over half of eligible voters cast votes.

"When you add the yes vote and the spoilt vote to the number of voters who didn't vote at all the figures are about even," says Bradford."

She attributes "this inconclusive result" to the referendum question being so flawed with its "mixed and ambiguous messaging" that even many supporters of the law change mistakenly voted no, while some people who oppose the current law voted yes.

All four police reviews have already shown that the law is working well as parliament intended, and the government has previously said it will continue to support the law, Bradford says.

"With New Zealand facing such difficult economic times, many Kiwis felt annoyed at the confused nature of this referendum question and the waste of $9 million worth of taxpayers' money this represents."

"I would have a much greater respect for the referendum result if it was based on a clearer question.

"It is important that 'no' voters realise the law stands, and tonight's referendum result does not mean they can now hit children."

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  • Obey Democracy said on 2009-08-28 @ 16:17 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Time to exercise some democracy and tear this illegitimate Law Down. Spread the word gather at parliament on 09/09/09 at 9am. It is time to make a stand for democracy that these creeps can't defy. It will be an asset to New Zealand for generations to come. Never again should any Political party be able to show such contempt and corruptibility to obey tiny minorities, UN dictates or whatever is operating Key. 09/09/09@9am/9pm Parliament/MPS Office or CYFS Carry signs saying "OBEY"

  • Nomanor said on 2009-08-27 @ 14:53 NZDT: Report abusive post

    1 Leading: the wording of the referendum was bias. Which I believe led people to vote against the bill. 2 Abuse: parents who actually beat their children before the bill were able to get off the assault charges on reason of "Discipline". Misinterpretation makes parents believe that actual disciplinary measures will put them in prison. 3 Resolution: Key refuses to repeal the bill and give child abusers a GOJF card and protects against innocent people getting in trouble. Key has my vote.

  • samuelpike10 said on 2009-08-26 @ 22:44 NZDT: Report abusive post

    What type country has Aotearoa become? We have elected members to parliament who do as they will and not as the people ask. I FEEL THAT WE SHOULD BILL THE COST OF THE REFERENDUM TO THE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT. If they acted appropriately in the first place we would not be in this situation. We have lost our position as a best practice leader.

  • mcarky said on 2009-08-26 @ 21:13 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Paul Henry challenges the PM on folic acid in bread and in about a week the legislation is dropped. 88% Kiwis voice there disapproval for Sue Bradfords smacking bill, but yet it remains. I would really love to hear Paul Henry challenge the PM on this one. Why the about face? Whats the agenda?

  • klemon said on 2009-08-26 @ 20:06 NZDT: Report abusive post

    So where do we turn? Labour stank, National won't listen, all the other parties are nuts. There is pretty much no one left to vote for. I think I've just lost faith in the only country I've ever been in.