Australia is a country and continent in the southern hemisphere. Its population is about 22.4 million (2010 estimate) and its de facto official language is English.
Australia is the smallest continent of all, but it is one of the largest countries; in fact, large enough to make it one of the most sparsely populated places (a mere 2.6 inhabitants per square kilometer).
"Aussie" is a friendly (however sometimes used offensively) slang for "Australian". Australia is also often colloquially referred to as "the land Down Under" or "Oz".
Spanking in Australia
Most Australians are descended from 19th and 20th century European settlers, the majority from Great Britain and Ireland. Due to this Anglo-Celtic heritage, spanking children is not uncommon in Australia. Unlike most European countries, nonabusive spanking is still legal for Australian parents and generally socially accepted.
School corporal punishment was legal in all of Australia until the 1980s, although its actual use had already become rare by then. Today it has been largely but not completely abolished. According to a 1996 report by Charles Brister titled Corporal punishment in Australian schools, the situation is as follows in the Australian federal states:
- Victoria: In 1983, corporal punishment was banned in state schools. Private schools are not affected by this ban, and are free to decide whether to use corporal punishment or not.
- New South Wales: In 1986, the Teachers Federation implemented a ban preventing all members from using corporal punishment. With the new Liberal National Party government in 1988, school corporal punishment was reintroduced, and in 1995, the new Labour Party government brought in the Education Reform Act to abolish corporal punishment in all state schools. Today there is also a ban in private schools in NSW.
- Western Australia: School corporal punishment was banned in 1987. However WA still protects teachers who use reasonable corporal punishment by Criminal Code section 257.
- South Australia: School corporal punishment was banned in 1991.
- Australian Capital Territory: School corporal punishment was abolished in all ACT state schools by 1988.
- Tasmania: School corporal punishment is still legal (as of 1996). It must be administered by a school principal or authorized senior teacher. The cane or strap is to be used on the student's hand. The punishment must not take place in front of the class and must be recorded in a punishment book.
- Queensland: Began to phase out school corporal punishment in the 1990s. The current situation is unknown.
- Northern Territory: Corporal punishment is still legal in state and private schools (as of 1996).
Australian spanking artists
Australian spanking sites, businesses and magazines
Internet censorship in Australia
The Australian Federal Labor Government currently has a plan to force all Australian ISPs to implement server-based filtering systems to block access to 'child pornography', 'X-rated material', 'violence', 'prohibited' material, 'inappropriate' material and 'unwanted' material on a secret blacklist compiled by a government agency (more information).
- More information on this topic is available at [ Wikipedia:Australia ]