Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Hard Stance to Protect Officers

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Hard Stance to Protect Officers

Article excerpt

THE LNP will stand up for our hard working Rockhampton emergency services workers who come in the firing line for simply doing their job.

LNP leader Tim Nicholls will speak at an address to the Queensland Police Union Conference in Brisbane today to announce mandatory jail time for people found guilty of assaulting frontline emergency services workers be it police, paramedics or firefighters.

"We believe it's fundamentally important to do more to protect those who protect us," Mr Nicholls said.

"They put their lives on the line for Queenslanders, the least we can do is to do more to protect them.

"Under an LNP government, those convicted of serious assault of police, ambos or firies will serve a mandatory minimum sentence of seven days behind bars.

"In other words - mandatory jail time - no ifs, no buts and no more excuses.

"This is about sending a strong and clear message to the community - if you assault our frontline emergency services workers, you will be jailed. …

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