Phil Goff - Member of Parliament - Leader of The Opposition - Smacking Referendum

Smacking Referendum

Both Goff and Prime Minister John Key have said that they will not vote in the corporal punishment referendum. Goff said that the question "Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?" was "absolutely" the wrong question, and that "the question implies that if you vote `yes' that you're in favour of criminal sanctions being taken against reasonable parents – actually nobody believes that."

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