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“South Australian parents should be legally allowed to carefully and lovingly smack their children as a last resort to curb dangerous behaviour”, the Hon Dennis Hood has told the Advertiser.

The Australian Conservatives MLC appeared on The Project last night to further discuss recent calls to have smacking outlawed.

“Unfortunately, the left-leaning thought police like to muddy the issue of child discipline by lumping abusive, violent parents into the same box as loving parents who teach their kids that there are consequences and absolutes in this world” he said.

In The Advertiser’s online poll last week more than 85 per cent of readers responded by saying they did not support a ban on smacking.