Monday 29 May 2017
Jail time for assaults on ambos, police and firies
State Member for Noosa Glen Elmes has announced that the LNP will stand up for hard working Noosa emergency services workers by imposing a minimum seven day jail sentence for anyone convicted of serious assault of police, paramedics and firefighters.
“Frontline emergency services workers had a tough enough job protecting the community and don’t need the added worry of being physically attacked on the job.
“For a paramedic to be attacked when they are attempting to save a person’s life is a shameful act of cowardice and as a society we must not tolerate or allow it to be normalized.
“Emergency personnel are the people we turn to in times of trouble and particularly in small towns, are well known and respected pillars of the community. The escalating trend to abuse and assault them instead of revere and thank them must be stopped, before the fabric of a healthy and safe society are completely eroded.
“It is fundamentally important to do more to protect those who protect us and if the LNP are returned to Government those convicted of serious assault of emergency service workers will serve a mandatory minimum sentence of seven days behind bars.
“No ifs, no buts and no more excuses – the LNP will put people who are convicted of assaulting frontline emergency service workers behind bars.
“This is about sending a strong message to the community – if you assault our frontline emergency services workers, you will go to jail.”
“Statistics released by Paramedics Australia show physical attacks across Queensland have increased by almost 20 per cent compared with five years ago. In the first four months of this year, 176 ambulance officers had been assaulted across Queensland alone.
“Stronger penalties may actively deter people from committing the offence in the first place.
“The LNP is committed to building safe and liveable communities – and our frontline emergency services workers play a vital role in that,” Mr Elmes said.
ENDS] For more information contact the Noosa Electorate Office on 5319 3100