Lawbreakers should be caned

There are signs on the windows that state no valuables or money are left on the premises, so it was wanton vandalism.

It is an interesting fact that MMVVG members are the last generation who faced the ballot box that enabled the Government to commit these men to a war in which many did not wish to be involved.

They are also members of the last generation who faced the threat of caning if they broke some nebulous school rule or behaved in an unruly manner.

The ballot box and the cane didn’t unhinge them or cause them to become unruly. But I suggest having lived in those times helped them to realise that your country is special and can call on your help if needed.

Your community should be safe and that the world does not revolve around the individual’s needs. Somehow, this lesson of understanding your place in the community and country has been lost by some of the youth of today.

Since then we have had two generations of a social experiment that I believe hasn’t worked. We removed National Service and we stopped corporal punishment. The effects of those actions have produced the result we have today.

There are youths who know there is no real disincentive to discontinue their anti-community behaviour. So what is the solution?

Bring back corporal punishment: how many cars would a youth steal if he or she were given six of the best for every car stolen? How many old people would he or she attack, how many windows would he or she break?

In most cases, one instance of caning would be enough to deter future transgressions. Surely, this is a cheaper option than going through a long court process and juvenile detention, which is expensive and has limited success.

It’s time to toughen up Australia. There is a cost of living in this community that involves self-discipline and the principle that the community comes before self.

We need to instil the thought that for every action there is a reaction and in this case, if you break what the community regards as the normal rules of society you may be caned.