Well, the result of the referendum is in. Nobody ever doubted that it would be a landslide, but as a formality, let’s note that 87.6% of those who wanted their voice heard in this referendum voted no. Parents who smack their children as part of correction should not ipso facto be deemed criminals, as they currently are in law.
We were, as a nation, simply not impressed by the defence that it’s just more expedient to make us all criminals, and then leave it up tot he police to decide which criminals to prosecute, knowing in advance that they will have no pesky defence.
The trouble is, it’s just not clear what, if anything, the government will now do in response to this very clear message.
Have a look at what VOTE NO have to say about this predictable but happy outcome.
- The anti-smacking law: Only a law change is morally acceptable
- John Key, the Anti-Smacking law, and the New Zealand Constitution
- No, Mr Baldock, not this time: Should referenda be binding on Parliament?
- The smacking referendum – my summary
- Freedom of association to be debated in New Zealand