The petition to force a referendum to overturn Sue Bradford’s Anti-Smacking Bill is ahead of target.
With one week to go, the petition has well over the 286,000 signatures needed to force a referendum, but is going for a safe buffer.
From Family First
Thanks to the efforts of people like you, there IS going to be a Referendum at the upcoming general election on the extremist anti-smacking bill which has targeted good parents and has failed miserably to target the real causes of child abuse.
The reason we have ‘upped’ the target?
In the last petition demanding a referendum (Norm Wither’s 1999 law and order referendum), almost 60,000 signatures were disallowed by the Clerks who check the validity of the signatures. While we don’t expect anywhere near as many disqualified signatures, it is beneficial to have a ‘buffer’ of signatures! Submitting well over the legally required 286,000 signatures would also drive the point home that this legislation is hugely unpopular and ineffective. (that’s why we originally set the target as 300,000).
We believe the politicians need to listen to the voice of the NZ public on this issue.
Thanks for your support. It has been a phenomenal ‘team’ effort.
Congratulations to Family First for a superb effort.