Smacking


An anti-spanking proposal that does violence to logic

Mariette Ulrich | 14 January 2011
A Canadian (Liberal Party) senator, Celine Hervieux-Payette, is urging the Canadian government to make spanking, even the most innocuous swat on the backside, a criminal offence.

Parents flout smacking ban

Carolyn Moynihan | 07 April 2010
Here is a little update on New Zealand’s anti-smacking law. Although it has been illegal since June 2007 to smack a child for the purpose of correction, a new poll shows that people are smacking their kids anyway and three out of four want the law changed.

Shouting is the new spanking

Carolyn Moynihan | 27 October 2009
Now that spanking is taboo, what are parents using as a last resort? Screaming, say people who are in the know.

New Zealand referendum rejects smacking ban

Carolyn Moynihan | 25 August 2009
Other nanny states with an eye on New Zealand’s anti-smacking law nowhave referendum results to inform them how popular it is to outlaw theuse of smack for the purpose of correcting a child.

New Zealand parents reject smacking ban

Carolyn Moynihan | 27 July 2009
The Great Smacking Debate is in full flight in New Zealand where a law change two years ago specifically banned the use of “force” for the purpose of correcting children. Opponents of the new law collected enough signatures to secure a referendum on the smacking issue, which takes place next month. A New Zealand Herald poll last week shows that 85 per cent of parents of young children plan to vote No on the question: “Should a smack as part of good parental be a criminal offence in New Zealand?”
 

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