Corporal punishment has been used as a disciplinary procedure in Australian schools for many years despite considerable disagreement among educators concerning its effectiveness (Freeman, 1966: Manning, 1979; Maurer, 1974; Pallas, 1973). The controversy regarding the morality, educational efficacy and psychological consequences of corporal punishment has become an emotive public debate in recent years. In Western Australia, for example, as early as 1972 the Government Secondary Schools Discipline Committee recommended the phasing out of corporal punishment in both secondary and primary schools. However no action was taken and in 1984 the Committee of Inquiry into Education in Western Australia made a similar recommendation to government (Committee of Inquiry, 1984).
Bowd, A. D.
Perceptions of the Uses of Corporal Punishment and Possible Consequesnces if its Abolition.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 12(1).