Curia poll on Child Discipline Law

Family First have released details of a poll done by Curia in March 2009 on the 2007 law change to s59 of the Crimes Act that removed the defence of reasonable force for correctional purposes. Key findings:

  • 83% said the law should be changed so it is not a criminal offence to lightly smack your child for correctional purposes
  • 77% say the law will not reduce the rate of child abuse
  • Only 31% understood that the law did not criminalise all smacking
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