"I popped along yesterday to help Simeon and Gaylene drum up support for their petition for a referendum on the making it a criminal offence to smack children.
They've had their stand in Howick for the past few Saturdays and have drmmed up big support. Nine out of ten passer-bys were happy to sign and express their disgruntlement of the present law.
Gaylene was the runner-up in the ACT on Campus essay competition, Both her and and Simeon are very switched on and it was great to see them getting signatures and answering questions. They know their stuff."
Rodney is right when he says "Nine out of ten passer-bys were happy to sign and express their disgruntlement of the present law." I put the ratio at closer to 95%, as the support for the petition is consistently overwhelming New Zealand wide. On Friday when my sister and I ran a table in the center of Christchurch, we had three people who had something negative to say. One lady walked past. "Do you think parents should be allowed to smack their children?" she asked. "Yes". "At your age, you think that parents should be allowed to smack their children?". "Yes". She had no argument, only an astonishment that I held the same view that 83% of New Zealanders hold, that a smack is not child abuse. Four Australian women started signing and were upset to learn that their signatures did not count. An Australian family stopped at the table and the father expresed his support for the petition. A number of young people came past wanting to sign, but learning that they were too young.
Check out www.unityforliberty.net.nz and get involved manning a table to collect signatures for the Referendum.