'To Train Up A Child' should be classified as objectionable under the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993, according to the Office of the Children's Commissioner.
The book deals with serious physical harm and significant cruelty as well as degrading, demeaning and de-humanising conduct, and it promotes and encourages criminal acts.
A submission with the recommendation to classify the book as 'objectionable' has been made to the Office of Film and Literature Classification. You can read it here (please note there are some direct quotes from the book contained in the submission).
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