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Government running scared on Referendum

Gordon Copeland Press Release
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, 26th August 2008

Government running scared on Referendum

Independent MP Gordon Copeland today said that the Government is running scared of the successful petition on the criminalisation of good kiwi parents for smacking their children.

In Parliament Mr Copeland attempted to move a motion congratulating Larry Baldock, Leader of the Kiwi Party, and his team on collecting over 390,000 signatures to force a referendum on the question “Should a smack, as part of good parental correction, be a criminal offence in New Zealand?” However Deputy Prime Minister, Michael Cullen, immediately objected to kill the motion.

“It is now crystal clear that the Government is hacked off by the success of Sheryl Savill’s petition,” said Mr Copeland.

“Obviously they had banked on kiwis falling for their anti-smacking nonsense and are now embarrassed to discover how deeply parents resent their meddling.”

“But the people are not so easily fooled and the chickens are now coming home to roost.”

“If the Government continues to insist on shelving the petition until a postal ballot in 2009, they will further alienate many of those in their traditional support base.”

“It is time to return to representative democracy. It is time to listen to the voice of the people.”

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