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Smacked out

I can’t believe I’m about to link to two news.com.au articles in one day, let alone two articles featuring childhood and family groups, but here it is. A recent survey showed that 69% of adults were A-OK with smacking as a means of disciplining children, with some 45% cool with smacking a child hard enough to leave a mark.

Childhood groups find this disturbing, and are calling for (wait for it…) a ban on the practice. What they’re clearly missing (besides a checklist that would prevent them from making asses of themselves) is the fact that nearly 70% of people in this country are for the very thing they’re trying to outlaw. Maybe they’re just not grasping the whole “politics is a popularity contest” thing.