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Posted on: August 23, 2009, 03:19:43 pm
Posted by: Ghost of Kane
Do you really think you should be the one complaining about people smacking their kids, Mom?
Posted on: August 22, 2009, 04:45:28 pm
Posted by: caskurô

NEW Zealanders have spoken and their call is controversial: bring back smacking.

Two years after the nation grabbed headlines worldwide by making it illegal to hit children, early results from a national referendum suggest Kiwis are pro-smacking after all.

As many as 80 per cent of New Zealanders are believed to have voted to repeal 2007 legislation that bans parents from using force to discipline their kids.

The law was an attempt to lower the country's shameful maltreatment statistics which put New Zealand in third place for child deaths among 27 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.

It was brought in following the 2006 deaths of twin boys, aged three months old, who were beaten by a family member.

Just this week another child, three-year-old Cash Meshetti McKinnon, was killed in her North Island home and her 21-year-old father questioned over her death.

New Zealand is revisiting the issue with a multi-million-dollar referendum initiated by a 300,000-strong petition put together by those who felt the new law challenged the rights of parents.
But the question's wording, "Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?", has been controversial, with many saying it leads people to vote against the law.

Kiwi Prime Minister John Key has called the question "pretty weird" and a case of "yes means no and no means yes".

"It could have been written by Dr Seuss," the bemused leader said.

Linguists are calling it "twisted confusion" and one of the country's leading child psychologists, Nigel Latta, says it's a "total political mess".

Even the orange stick figure in television advertisements to market the poll gives a very confused "umm... ah" when considering his answer.

Preliminary results from the $NZ9 million ($7.35 million) poll are due tonight but there's already strong agreement from both sides that the vote will be a majority No by as much as 80 per cent. Email Print Share: Add to MySpace Add to Digg Add to del.icio.us Add to Fark Post to Facebook Add to Kwoff What are these? Send us your news
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