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Australia’s Abbott admits hitting kids

AFP-JIJI

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott admitted Thursday he smacked his children when they were young and warned against bans that could take political correctness “to extremes.”

Abbott was commenting after the issue was raised in the first report submitted to parliament by the newly established National Children’s Commissioner.

It highlights the United Nations’ concern “that corporal punishment in the home and in some schools and alternative care settings remains lawful in Australia.”

The U.N. Committee of the Rights of the Child document recommends “that corporal punishment be explicitly prohibited,” but Abbott said “a gentle smack” was fine.