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Smacks of Denial

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I have an article over at OnlineOpinion called Smacks of Denial. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians is embarking upon a new campaign to provide legal protection for children from being hit by adults: in other words, it seeks to ban smacking. In The Age, Associate Professor Susan Moloney, president of the College’s paediatrics and […]

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Smacks of Denial: Revisited

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Last month I posted a reprint of an old article I wrote—Smacks of Denial—in light of the citizens’ referendum in New Zealand about parents’ right to physically punish their children. 88% of Kiwis voted “No” to the skewed question, “Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?” […]

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From the archive: Smacks of Denial

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As New Zealand is once again in the middle of a child-smacking debate with its ludicrously-worded citizens referendum due to take place at the end of the month, it’s worth revisiting an old opinion piece I wrote about this issue back in 2006 for Scoop.co.nz. Smacks of Denial I am currently waiting on the findings […]