Larry Baldock on Campbell Live last night state:
“Every parent has become a criminal, whether they are charged or not.”
But Larry, um, I’m a parent and I’m not a criminal – at least not for that reason. I haven’t assaulted my kids.
Maybe the quote was edited out of context, but surely the point he was trying to make was “every parent who assaults a child for the purpose of correction has become a criminal.”
Of course, even if that were his point, he would still be wrong because (a) the new law removes a defence against assault not smacking, and (b) he is using the term ‘criminal’ in the popular sense of describing someone who has committed a crime, rather than the legal sense of someone who has been convicted of a crime. Legally, one solitary parent has become a criminal since the correction defence for assault was removed. And one is a lot less than every.