Smack, but lightly

28th August 2009 at 01:00

A major debate on smacking is airing in New Zealand, following a referendum where preliminary results showed 88 per cent want to overturn a 2007 child discipline law which makes it a criminal offence. But, despite the 54 per cent turn-out, the Government opposes further reform and points out that, in practice, parents are not being prosecuted for "light smacking".

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