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One Woman Has Power To Dump Referendum

One Woman Has Power To Dump Referendum
Wellington, June 28 NZPA - One woman has the power to halt the $9 million "anti-smacking" referendum.

Pushing Dad At Centre Of Smacking Debate

Wellington, June 23 NZPA - The case of a man who repeatedly pushed his seven-year-old son over for refusing to play rugby has become a political football in the anti-smacking referendum debate.

Rankin Should Resign Or Key Should Act Over Comments, Says Dunne

Rankin Should Resign Or Key Should Act Over Comments, Says Dunne
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, June 23 NZPA - Comments in a magazine article show Christine Rankin is campaigning against the so-called anti-smacking law and she should not remain a Families Commissioner, United Future leader Peter Dunne says.

Rankin Continues To Be Outspoken Against "anti-smacking" Law

Wellington, June 22 NZPA - Families Commissioner Christine Rankin has used a magazine article to highlight her opposition to a 2007 law which removed the defence of reasonable force in child abuse cases.

Referendum 'No' Vote Campaign Launched

Referendum 'No' Vote Campaign Launched
By Alastair Bull of NZPA Auckland, June 22 NZPA - Opponents of the so-called "anti-smacking" law say the Government would ignore a non-binding referendum on the legislation at its peril.

Rankin Not Appearing At 'Vote No' Launch

Rankin Not Appearing At 'Vote No' Launch
Wellington, June 22 NZPA - Controversial Families Commissioner Christine Rankin has assured Social Development Minister Paula Bennett she will not appear at tomorrow's launch of the "vote no" campaign for the smacking referendum.

Key Dragged Into Smacking Debate

Key Dragged Into Smacking Debate
NZPA political reporters Wellington, June 18 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has been dragged into the centre of the resurgent smacking debate.

Time To Get Enrolled For Smacking Referendum

Time To Get Enrolled For Smacking Referendum
Wellington, June 15 NZPA - The orange man who reminded everyone to vote in the general election is back -- this time he wants to make sure you are enrolled to vote in the referendum on smacking.

Lobby Group Runs Ads Calling For Section 59 Reinstatement

Lobby Group Runs Ads Calling For Section 59 Reinstatement
Wellington, May 31 NZPA - Lobby group Family First has placed ads in Sunday newspapers calling for the reinstatement of reasonable force as a defence in child abuse cases. The group says the law change isn't working and Prime Minister John Key should change it.

Christine Rankin Wrong Person For Families Commission - Goff

Christine Rankin Wrong Person For Families Commission - Goff
Wellington, May 12 NZPA - Christine Rankin is the wrong person to be appointed to the Families Commission, as she is divisive, has a troubled record and is unrepresentative, Labour leader Phil Goff said today.

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