$9 million down the drain
The above cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of June 18, 2009. $9 million is the cost of the national referendum on the question: “Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?” Although the postal referendum doesn’t close until August 21, the Government has indicated it will ignore the result – partly because of the “loaded” nature of the question. So at a time of great economic hardship for many, we are literally pouring money down the drain.
See earlier post at