Aussie parents to defy UN smacking ban

The Sunday Telegraph (Aust) March 21, 2010

Parents will continue to be allowed to smack their children despite an international push to ban corporal punishment in the home, Government says. A New South Wales (NSW) State Government review of smacking laws obtained by The Sunday Telegraph has rejected an international trend to outlaw the practice. Under NSW laws, parents and guardians have a legal defence that allows them to discipline children, provided the punishment is reasonable. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child condemns the practice, with its last report on international corporal punishment laws chastising Australia for refusing to outlaw smacking.

..A submission from the NSW Corrective Services Department recommended the laws be amended to specify that reasonable force should not involve use of a closed fist.