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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Rodney & Heather Stand Up For Families

ACT stands up for families when no other Parliamentary political party will.

From the ACT Party website

ACT New Zealand Leader Rodney Hide and Deputy Leader Heather Roy have taken out a half page advertisement in (today's) 'Sunday Star Times', urging New Zealanders to sign a petition calling for a Citizen's Initiated referendum on the anti-smacking law passed by both National and Labour last year.

"We believe that New Zealanders should have their say on this controversial law, not just politicians," Mr Hide and Mrs Roy said.

"A Citizen's Initiated Referendum will enable New Zealanders to tell politicians what they think. The organisers of the petition have done a great job getting signatures, and people are keen to sign - 280,000 signatures have been collected so far, but the organisers need 300,000 by the end of February to ensure a referendum.

"That's why we have pitched in; it's vital that New Zealanders get to have a say. ACT was the only Party that voted against the anti-smacking law - which equates good parents who smack their children with child abusers and criminalises them.

"That's wrong; ACT believes that parents should be able to choose the best method of raising their children and teaching them right from wrong.

"National and Labour passed the anti-smacking Bill against the wishes of 80 percent of New Zealanders. We believe it should be up to New Zealanders to choose whether they want to make smacking a criminal offence. It's time they had a say.

"We urge New Zealanders to sign the petition, which calls for a referendum on this law. Copy the petition and get your friends and colleagues to sign it too - that way we can ensure that the voices of the people of New Zealand can be heard,
" Mr Hide and Mrs Roy said.


Blogger Rick said...

I've been thinking for a few days now of printing out the form and running around to get a couple pages of autographs to post in to the organisers.

(was thwarted in finding the template. I'm sure I'll find it, but if anyone has the link please leave it below)

Glad ACT are on the case too.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just buy a couple of copies of the SST instead :)

5:05 PM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

Nice to be part of the only party in Parliament gutsy enough to take a stand, eh Rick?

10:44 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything.

7:00 AM  
Blogger Simeon said...

Hey Rick,

I hope you get heaps of autographs!!

7:07 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

Thanks mate!

I'd've found it myself but I used that time to blow my nose. Time at such a premium!

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the liberty of kids not to get bashed? Or is it tough on law and order, apart from when the parents do it?

9:42 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

Kid-bashing ain't got nothing to do with this.

Little something called nuance, George.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

More or less.

However, it's no so much a matter of deserving it. More a matter of communication.

You can explain to a politician (if you've a mind) that careless handling of conductive cutlery in the locality of electrical power outlets will result in deadly electrocutional danger. And they'll understand.

While you're working at teaching the young the cognitive tools to grasp such dangers- a task of some years- you require a language or signal which they do understand.

Smack- "don't do that."

That's my reasoning for why I'm taking the petition around.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

Well put Rick.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet it will still be too hard for some to understand.

Thier obtuseness is probably deliberate


10:14 AM  

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