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Candidate calls for return of cane at public schools

Patricia Petersen
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PATRICIA Petersen is calling for a return of corporal punishment  in public schools and for a statewide ban on public smoking.

The independent candidate for the state seat of Ipswich said she wanted to "make sure private and public schools are on par with one another in terms of discipline" and that a return of the cane would do exactly that.

She said that the behaviour of children in state schools had "significantly" deteriorated.

"We have children spitting and cursing at teachers. Many children in state schools have no respect whatsoever for authority figures, such as teachers," Ms Petersen said.

"A cane across an open hand delivered in a light, controlled and deliberate manner is immediate and effective. It is also a strong deterrent.

"Private schools can already use the cane but it was banned in public schools in 1989."

Ms Petersen said she was backing tough new smoking laws in public places.

"People are avoiding going into the Ipswich and Brisbane CBDs because of cigarette smoking. It's bad for business," she said.

"Small businesses are losing money because of it. Most people these days are non-smokers."

She said that one option to accommodate smokers would be to introduce "smoking booths" similar to those found at Hong Kong airport.

"However, taxpayers shouldn't pay for it. A gold coin in a slot to allow them in would ensure that non-smokers aren't paying for the addictions of non-smokers," she said.

Ms Petersen said she was thrilled to be paying $16 on Sportsbet to win Ipswich.

"That is the best I have ever been and better than any Greens candidate," she said.

"In the past I have been 50-1 or 100-1."

Topics:  corporal punishment, editors picks, patricia petersen, queensland election 2015, smoking bans




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