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Straight to jail for frontline assaults

AAP logoAAP 2/10/2016

Mandatory jail sentences designed to protect Tasmania's police officers will be extended to cover all of the state's frontline workers including paramedics, firefighters, prison officers, nurses and child protection workers under a plan by the Liberal government.

Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin on Monday signalled her intention to reveal the draft law over coming days, adding that the rule has proven effective for police, without a single conviction since its introduction in 2014.

"If passed by parliament, (it) would mean anyone who commits an offence resulting in serious bodily harm to a frontline worker will receive a mandatory minimum sentence of six months in jail," she said of the proposal.

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