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Children’s Commissioner afraid of small minority

Press Release 5 February 2008

The Kiwi Party

“Children’s Commissioner afraid of small minority also”

In her article in the Dom Post Feb 4th, Children’s Commissioner Dr Cindy Kiro called supporters of the petition for a referendum on the Anti Smacking Law “a very vocal minority”.

Once again, like the Prime Minister and Sue Bradford, she has opened her mouth and revealed her ignorance of democracy, said Larry Baldock, organiser of the Citizens Initiated Referendum on the question “Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence?” “If we represent only a small minority they of course have nothing to fear from a referendum,” he said.

“Arguing that the government must interfere in how good parents raise their children in this country because NZ must obey the United Nations is only another example of her ignorance.

New Zealand is a sovereign nation and what the majority of our citizens decide should take precedence over any United Nations convention signed by a government appointed diplomat on instructions from the Prime Minister. It is hypocritical to claim we must obey United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child (UNCROC) while the NZ Government disassociated from the United Nations Doha Declaration on the Family, and passed the Prostitution Reform Act in 1993 in the face of severe criticism from the United Nations.

New Zealanders did not vote for the UN, we voted for our Members of Parliament and when 113 refuse to listen to the views of 84% of the population we have no option but to call for a referendum to settle the matter,” said Mr Baldock.


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