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Protect Our Prison Officers

Eligibility - Queensland citizens

Principal Petitioner:

Darren Roach
Together Queensland
Level 1, 27 Peel Street
South Brisbane Qld 4101

Total Signatures - 3576

Sponsoring Member: Mr Bruce Saunders MP

Posting Date: 30/08/2019

Closing Date: 18/10/2019

Tabled Date: 22/10/2019

Responded By: Hon Yvette D'Ath MP on 21/11/2019

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland Citizens draws to the attention of the House: when a working Corrective Services Officer is a victim of serious assault in the course of duty under section 340 of the Criminal Code the maximum penalty for the assailant is seven years imprisonment. Currently for every other public officer including Police, Paramedics and Nurses suffering the same circumstance, the maximum penalty under the criminal code is 14 years imprisonment.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to: amend or omit relevant clauses of Section 340 of the Criminal Code and any other relevant legislative instrument necessary to effect consistent maximum sentencing is applied to perpetrators of unlawful assault against any member, officer or employee of a service established for a public purpose under an Act.