Over the next few weeks, $8.9 million of taxpayers' money is going to be wasted on this meaningless, non-binding referendum. That's a quarter of the amount Barnados spent helping children in need last year.Too many people are addicted tol violence as the solution to their feelings of fear and frustration, especially when it comes to kids.
It's more than half the Government funding for adult education, a programme which will be cut from next year to pay for meaningless extravagances like this.
The 200,000 Kiwis who take night classes might like to remind the smackers of this ... or feel guilty that they were among the 300,000 people who signed the petition calling for a referendum.
Also feeling guilty should be the law-makers and the bureaucrats who created a system which allows such a meaningless question to be put to voters.
"Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand." This question is so loaded as to be incomprehensible.
What does "good parental correction" mean in this context. What is "a smack". It also suggests that a smack, in this context, is a criminal offence. But it isn't. Two years ago, a grand coalition of parliamentarians - 113 to 8 - cobbled together a compromise to allay any such fears.
So we're wasting $8.9 million to express our opinion on something that isn't happening now and that no one has any plans to introduce.
In the deal hammered out between former Prime Minister Helen Clark and her successor, John Key, police were given the discretion not to prosecute a parent for the use of force against a child "if the offence is considered to be so inconsequential that there is no public interest in proceeding with a prosecution".
What the act (that the slap-happy fundies so oppose) did do was remove the anomaly that allowed a parent to thrash a child and then later in court, use the defence of "reasonable force for the purpose of correction". It's a defence not available to brawling adults. Nor to an adult disciplining a child who is not their own flesh and blood.
These same people are, in this case, liars and fear mongers and, since they force me, I will be voting Yes. If they want to be backed RIGHT into a corner, lets give it to them.