The Law Reform Commission (LRC) has released a report that makes a compelling case for banning corporal punishment in Australia.
The report, called “The Legal Framework for the Regulation of Spanking”, argues that the current laws are too broad, and not sufficiently tailored to protect children.
In fact, the LRC says that there are some aspects of the current rules that are outdated and outdated.
“We’re not saying spanking should be abolished altogether, but there are parts of the laws that have not been updated since their introduction,” said Dr Fiona White, a senior lecturer in child and family law at the University of New South Wales.
She said some of the restrictions in the current legislation were outdated and the rules were not tailored to modern circumstances.
Dr White said that the LMC was now proposing a series of amendments to the existing legislation.
These include: banning corporals on the ground that it is against the law.
This is the “common sense” view that corporal punishments were used in the Victorian courts and in many other states.
It would be the first time in Australia that corporals would be banned on the grounds that they were being used against children.
This would allow a more appropriate and humane response to the problem of spanking.