THE TASMANIAN COMMITTEE
Further encroachment of mandatory sentencing in Tasmania
Following on from the Liberal government’s introduction of a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for serious assaults against police officers, the Government is now seeking to broaden mandatory sentencing to other ‘frontline workers’.
The Sentencing Amendment (Assaults on Frontline Workers) Bill 2016 (Tas), if passed, will result in a minimum six-month mandatory term of imprisonment for persons convicted of a serious assault against frontline workers including ambulance officers, paramedics, nurses, child protection workers and correctional staff. Both Community Legal Centres Tasmania and the Law Society of Tasmania have argued strongly against the amendments with CLC Tasmania noting that the mandatory minimum sentence for assaults against police officers has had no deterrence effect with assaults against police officers having increased by 30 per cent in the year following its introduction.
- Category: DUAO - 2016 - Vol 41(4)