Assaults on emergency workers Thu 9 August 2012 Brian Wightman Attorney-General The Attorney General, Brian Wightman, said today the protection of emergency service workers was important to all Tasmanians. Mr Wightman said that was why the Tasmanian Government referred sentencing for assaults on emergency service workers to the Sentencing Advisory Council. "The community is always understandably upset when any worker is injured or assaulted at work," Mr Wightman said. "A range of factors including the severity of the crime are always considered when a magistrate or judge imposes sentences. "Submissions in relation to the Council's consultation paper into Assaults on Emergency Workers were due last Friday. "It is disappointing, given the Police Association's concern in relation to this issue, that it did not provide a submission in response to the Consultation Paper." Mr Wightman said calls for mandatory minimum sentences for assaults on emergency workers often surfaced when the community felt outraged. "However, mandatory minimum sentences can lead to injustice because they deliver a pre-determined outcome that may not be appropriate given the facts of the case," he said. "The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute does not support them as there is no conclusive evidence they prevent an incident from occurring or escalating. "I look forward to receiving the Sentencing Advisory Council's final report and will ensure that up to date figures on assaults are provided to the council to assist them with the finalisation of their report."