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.
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.
Now that spanking is taboo, what are parents using as a last resort? Screaming, say people who are in the know.
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.
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?”