Australian doctors want smacking made illegal

OneNews 26 July 2013
A high-profile Australian doctors’ group wants the smacking of children by parents made illegal, sparking debate by professionals about the proposal’s feasibility.
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ will on Friday seek an amendment to legislation to protect children from physical punishment.
It is currently legal for parents to use “reasonable” corporal punishment to discipline children, however, president of the college’s paediatrics and child health division, Associate Professor Susan Moloney, says such punishment may lead to abuse.
“We know that a significant number of child homicides are the result of physical punishment which went wrong,” Mr Moloney told Fairfax and News Limited.
There is also evidence depression, anxiety, aggression, antisocial behaviour and substance abuse all can result from physical punishment, doctors say.