UN calls for ban on Australian parents smacking kids

THE United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has called on Australia to abolish the rights of parents to use "reasonable chastisement" in smacking a child.

The recommendations are outlined in the first report to federal parliament by National Children's Commissioner Megan Mitchell who has called for a national conversation about a smacking ban.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has rejected the UN's proposal and told media this morning that banning parents smacking their children risked turning Australia into a nanny state.

"I think we often see political correctness taken to extremes and maybe this is another example," he said.

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