: Violence


Kate Galloway

As part of the government’s ‘Safe Night Out’ strategy, it is proposed that those assaulting health workers, including nurses, doctors and paramedics, will face ‘double sentences’ of up to 14 years. This follows the recently enacted Safe Night Out Legislation Amendment Act 2014, which provides, among other things, for the new criminal offence of unlawful striking causing death. The Act also provides now for aggravating circumstances of ‘committing an offence in a public place while … adversely affected by an intoxicating substance.’ The legislation was enacted in response to nightclub violence and the notorious so-called ‘one punch’ incidents widely reported in the press.

In other news, the Queensland government has launched a Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce, chaired by Dame Quentin Bryce. Summits are being held in Brisbane and Townsville during October and November to hear from ‘experts, advocates and thought leaders’ on action necessary to stop family violence.

KATE GALLOWAY teaches law at James Cook University
(2014) 39(4) AltLJ 275
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