Liberal Leader Zed Seselja is parroting concerns from the Australian Federal Police Association about the assault of police officers.
“I was very concerned to hear from the AFPA that under the existing laws, police officers sometimes do not bother laying charges against people who assault them because they’re ‘losing faith in that judicial process,’” Mr Seselja said.
“The AFPA also estimates that one ACT police officer is assaulted each week and said there is a growing number of compensation claims for serious injuries.
“This is why the Canberra Liberal’s legislation is so important, as we must do everything we can to deter violent assaults and other offences against police in the course of their duties.
“Our legislation amends the Crimes ACT 1900 to provide tougher penalties for offences against police, meaning a number of offences including assault, manslaughter and threats to kill would be considered an “aggravated? offence and have higher prosecution penalties.
While we deplore the assault of any person in Canberra one does have to wonder what percentage of those 50 odd assaults a year would not have occurred if the perpetrator had faced tougher penalties.
Assaulting police is rarely the result of rational thought.
But moving on; is Zed Seselja a real person? Or is he just a Zed-bot pre-programmed with talkback radio friendly knee jerks?