22 Nov 2008 Excellent opinion piece in Otago Daily Times

“A referendum of no consequence” - a good summary of the current situation in New Zealand on physical punishment of children.

Author of the opinion piece, Otago Daily Times Assistant Editor Simon Cunliffe states that:

He also comments that the question could have been equally framed  "Should it be legal for New Zealand parents to  assault children? "  The referendum will be non-binding and, as Mr Cunliffe suggests, it is unlikely that the new Prime Minister will want to be stigmatized as "the Prime Minister who made it legal to beat defenceless children".