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Vote NO Referendum Website Launched

Media Release
22 June 2009
Vote NO Referendum Website Launched

Groups opposing the anti-smacking legislation have launched their website www.voteNO.org.nz for the upcoming anti-smacking Referendum.

“The website features background information, frequently asked questions, significant quotes, cartoons, polls and downloadable resources,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“One of the highlights of the website is a 90 second video presentation by radio and tv personality Simon Barnett. For busy people, Simon summarises the purpose of the Referendum and why kiwis should vote NO.”

“The ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section is a concise factual analysis on the anti-smacking law, why and how it should be amended, what are the real causes of child abuse, and how should we tackle our unacceptable rate of child abuse and deaths.”

The website is supported by a number of community and advocacy groups including Family First NZ, Sensible Sentencing Trust, the Federation of Islamic Associations of NZ, For the Sake of our Children Trust, Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust, Family and Child Trust, Focus on the Family NZ, Crosspower Ministries, Lifespring Pasefika Trust, and Unity for Liberty who were responsible for collecting a large chunk of the 310,000 signatures which forced the Referendum.

“More features will be added to the website as the Referendum gets closer but this website will quickly deal with the many misleading statements that have been made recently regarding the anti-smacking law and the Referendum,” says Mr McCoskrie.

“Ultimately it’s not about the organisations or individuals supporting the website but the 300,000+ people who signed a petition demanding a say on this issue, and the polls that show that an overwhelming majority of kiwis who don’t equate a smack with child abuse but want the real causes of child abuse tackled.”

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