Reports today that a man found guilty of assaulting two paramedics has avoided jail is the latest example of Daniel Andrews’ botched emergency services worker assault laws failing to keep our brave first responders safe.
Despite introducing mandatory minimum 6 month jail terms for assaulting emergency services workers in September 2018, today James Haberfield was released on an 18-month community correction order, despite being found guilty of assaulting two paramedics earlier this year.
In response to the paltry sentence, ambulance union boss Danny Hill said the mandatory sentencing legislation “appears to be a dud” and asked “will a paramedic have to be stabbed or killed before the court sends a strong message?”
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police, David Southwick:
“Victoria’s emergency services workers deserve better than they are getting from Daniel Andrews.”
“It appears that Daniel Andrews’ sentencing laws, that were meant to keep emergency service workers safe, are not worth the paper they’re written on.”
“Our first responders deserve to get home to their families in one piece – free from injury by cowardly attackers.”