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Zed wants to punish those who assault the troops

By johnboy 3 October 2012 1

It has been frequently observed that anyone who’d assault a police officer would be unlikely to be of sound mind.

But Liberal leader Zed Seselja thinks further penalties for these deranged folk might get through the fog of madness.

Zed’s also bringing out the military language to drive the point home:

ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will increase penalties for offences against frontline staff such as police, ambulance officers, nurses, prison guards, emergency service workers and care and protection staff. Mr Seselja said the government should do everything it can to protect people who are forced in harm’s way because of their jobs.

“A good local government should do everything it can to deter violent assaults and other offences against vital frontline staff in the course of their duties,” Mr Seselja said.

“Last year, we introduced legislation which would make assaults against police officers an aggravated offence. But this was voted down by ACT Labor and the Greens.

“Unlike the other parties, the Canberra Liberals are committed to protecting frontline staff, and if elected, will make assaults against police and other workers whose job puts them in harm’s way an aggravated offence,” Mr Seselja concluded.

Other than making Zed look like he’s hugging the sainted angels in uniforms what is this actually going to do?

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Aeek 3:54 pm 03 Oct 12

I do hate the charge being “Obstructing a Commonwealth Officer in the performance of their duties”.
a) it lumps warranted police in with public servants.
b) if they are Canberra Policing, are they even acting as Commonwealth Officers anyway.

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