Corporal Punishment Referendum

"The New Zealand corporal punishment referendum, 2009 was held from 31 July to 21 August, and was a citizens-initiated referendum on parental corporal punishment.

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

Voter turnout was 56.1%. While 87.4% of votes answered 'no', the question drew widespread criticism from the public, parliament, and even the Prime Minister John Key for being a loaded question and for the use of the value-judgement 'good'."


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