Jail time for Emergency Service Crime ?

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In new measures to deter attacks on Tasmania's front line service personal,the State government will introduce legislation this week for mandatory six month prison terms for anyone assaulting police officers,fire-fighters or paramedics.

Police minister Rene Hidding believes these measures will bring down attacks on emergency service members and police officers.

The police association strongly backs the Liberal government's proposed measures.

But Anthony Mihal from the Law society disagrees

“Serious attacks on emergency service personnel are infrequent,fortunately infrequent,they have been decreasing for many years,the proposition that these laws are necessary to deter attacks is simply wrong.”