Church opposes ban on smacking

Herald Sun August 08, 2011

A major church has backed the right of mums and dads to smack their children. The 600,000-strong Presbyterian Church fears parents could be stopped from using corporal punishment under Victoria’s controversial human rights charter. In a submission to a state Parliamentary inquiry, the church said the charter could be used to dump the common law right to smack children provided the force wasn’t unreasonable or excessive. “Many Australian families use reasonable physical discipline from time to time,” the Presbyterian Church and Nation Committee submission said. “There is a significant body of research confirming its utility in raising children well.”