Smacking of children by parents is currently legal under the common law, as long as reasonable force is used and the sole intention is to correct behaviour.
But Sydney University Associate Professor Judy Cashmore wants the defence struck out.
As of this moment, there are 312 comments made at the article’s page. Wow! Talk about a hot button. Most seem to think that smacking doesn’t harm children, it didn’t hurt them, and the reason the current crop of kids are horrible is because they weren’t smacked enough.