In this 2009 cartoon, Prime Minister John Key is being a 'a tidy Kiwi' by throwing referendum results into the recycling. The specific reference is to the 'anti-smacking' referendum of that year. From 1994 to 2016 only five citizens-initiated referendums (CIRs) were held. In each case, the government of the day ignored the results. This calls into question the value of CIRs as anything other than a way to raise publicity for an issue.
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