This from www.abc.net.au | 21 Dec 07
The Spanish Congress has passed a bill that bans parents from smacking their children.
Spanish law had allowed parents to 'reasonably and moderately correct their children'.
But the Socialist government has voted to delete that clause in order to remove any ambiguity.
The conservative opposition party voted against the change on the grounds that it would leave parents powerless to discipline their children.
Of Europe's 46 member states, 16 have already banned smacking at school and in the home.