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The Couch is run by the Families Commission and will "offer a new way for your voice to be heard on issues relating to families". It is such a new way that only those with an Internet connection can currently take part and you can be sure that the polling will consist of questions that are not controversial and the answers will reflect government policy.
These questions will not be asked, because the Government does not want your voice to be heard on such issues.
1. Should Plunketline be run by the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society?
2. Should gay couples adopt children?
3. Do you think the married, two parent family is the ideal family form for raising children?
4. Do you think the Government should be encouraging more mothers to stay at home with their children instead of promoting day care for working mothers?
5. Do you think the Family Court treats mothers and fathers on an equal basis when resolving disputes over child custody?
Despite the Families Commission clearly stating that it wants to encourage families to debate the use of physical discipline,you can bet this question won`t be asked, or debated either.
Should Section 59 of the Crimes Act, that allows for parents to use reasonable force when disciplining children, be repealed?