UN urges Australia to ban munching after Australian Catholic university files submission

The UN orders Australia to ban the smack as the expert says the nation is ‘far behind the rest of the world’ on the issue.

  • The United Nations has ordered Australia to ban corporal punishment – the beating
  • Australia’s states and territories all have different laws regarding smack policy
  • UN says corporal punishment remained lawful as “appropriate punishment”.
  • The decision comes after Professor Daryl Higgins submitted research to the UN

Australian parents would face criminal penalties for hitting their children if the country accepts a UN push to ban corporal punishment.

The United Nations Committee Against Torture has ordered Australia to ban corporal punishment completely from the school gate to the home.

In its recent concluding remarks, the Committee noted that it was concerned that corporal punishment, under the label of so-called “appropriate punishment”, remains lawful across Australia at home, as well as in day-care and alternative care facilities, public and private schools and detention centers in some states and territories.

“The Committee urges the State party (Australia) to expressly prohibit corporal punishment in all situations by law,” it said.

The United Nations Committee Against Torture ordered Australia to ban corporal punishment - beating - in all nursing and educational institutions

The United Nations Committee Against Torture ordered Australia to ban corporal punishment – beating – in all nursing and educational institutions

“In addition, awareness and education campaigns to promote positive and alternative forms of discipline should be strengthened and expanded.”

The UN’s push to ban corporal punishment comes after it accepted a submission backed by research by Australian Catholic University Institute of Child Protection Studies director Professor Daryl Higgins.

Working with the Australian Child Maltreatment Study, he found that around 60 percent of young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 experienced physical punishment at least four times during their childhood.

It doubled their risk of mental health problems — namely, anxiety and depression, Prof Higgins said.

The UN made its decision after receiving research from the director of the Australian Catholic University Institute of Child Protection Studies, Professor Daryl Higgins (above).

The UN made its decision after receiving research from the director of the Australian Catholic University Institute of Child Protection Studies, Professor Daryl Higgins (above).

“Often it’s because of ignorance of social norms…(and) opportunities to learn new, different, and I have to say, much, much better and more effective parenting practices,” he said.

“Why do we support and provide parents with the idea that (corporal punishment) is an effective parenting practice when all the data shows it is not?”

If Australia is to hold its head high in the international community, it needs to take note of the UN’s message and not just excuse it as a matter of private family practice, Prof Higgins said.

The country is “absolutely far behind” others when it comes to outlawing corporal punishment, as 63 international jurisdictions have already outlawed it, he said.

“There are no policing concerns in any of these countries,” he said.

Australia's states and territories all have different laws regarding corporal punishment in both the nursing and educational sectors, although gossiping is still technically legal in Queensland schools

Australia’s states and territories all have different laws regarding corporal punishment in both the nursing and educational sectors, although gossiping is still technically legal in Queensland schools

Prof Higgins noted that while most jurisdictions in Australia have banned corporal punishment in schools, this is not the case in Queensland.

While education authorities could brand it as unacceptable, that’s not the same as saying it’s illegal, Prof Higgins said.

“Even the fact that we have state and territorial differences on something like corporal punishment in schools is a cause for concern. ‘

“There is a difference between law and practice.”

The same applies to differences between laws and practices for detention centers, day care centers and other facilities, Prof Higgins said.

The Legal Dean of the Australian Catholic University, Professor Patrick Keyzer, prepared the submission to the UN and urged the Australian government to follow the committee’s guidance.

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Emma Colton

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