Is it legal to slap your child?

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New South Wales is the only state to have made legislative amendments concerning corporal punishment by parents… It is lawful for a parent to “use, by way of correction, discipline, management or control, toward a child or pupil, under the person's care, such force that is reasonable under the circumstances.

According to Child Law Advice: "It is unlawful for a parent or carer to smack their child, except where this amounts to 'reasonable punishment'. This defence is laid down in section 58 Children Act 2004, but it is not defined in this legislation.

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