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Penalties for assault against persons doing their lawful duty

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

E.R Dalgliesh
2 Carpenter Way
Sandstone Point Qld 4511

Total Signatures - 485

Sponsoring Member: Carryn Sullivan MP

Posting Date: 15/04/2008

Tabled Date: 15/04/2008

Responded By: Hon Kerry Shine MP on 29/05/2008

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
The petition of Electors of the Division of Pumicestone are concerned that the penalty provision of the Criminal Code section Assault 114.(1)(a)(vi) is inadequate in its deterrence of the act of assault against a person performing their lawful duty. (e.g. ambulance officers, teachers, casualty nurses, paramedics, police officers, general medical practitioners, and the like "other persons"). Your petitioners therefore request the House to amend the Criminal Code to the provision for mandatory minimum sentences for assault in the cases of section Assault 114.(1)(a)(vi). (e.g. for assault in the form of spitting or striking = imprisonment of one month; for the assault in the form of punching to cause serious injury = imprisonment for six months.)