FAMILY FIRST MLC Robert Brokenshire has welcomed the New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell’s new ‘one punch’ law reform, saying Family First wants the same reform implemented by the next Labor or Liberal Government.
“Family First seek the Government and Opposition’s support to that aspect of Mr O’Farrell’s package of alcohol-fuelled violence initiatives,” Mr Brokenshire said, “And if neither party will support it as a Government Bill next term, then we will introduce a Private Members’ Bill to get the debate underway.”
The O’Farrell Coalition proposals in New South Wales would relate to assaults that cause death:
- Mandatory minimum sentence of 8 years and maximum of 20 years’ jail; and
- The maximum penalty rises to 25 years where the assailant was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time.
“Family First has long been an advocate of mandatory minimum sentencing, and it has been good to see the NSW Liberals have now seen sense in the initiative.”
The 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey revealed: 47% of all homicides in Australia between 2000 and 2006 were alcohol-related; alcohol is causally linked to 3,200 deaths; 1 in 4 Australians have been subjected to alcohol-related verbal abuse; and 13% had feared someone under the influence of alcohol.
“This Labor Government has failed when it came to doing everything possible to protect innocent people out having a good time.”
“The law as it stands in South Australia means there is a maximum penalty of 13 years’ jail for causing harm in aggravated circumstances, but arguably ‘harm’ does not included death – so otherwise Police have to pursue manslaughter charges – and that can be problematic. This offence is needed to fill that gap in the law that has been addressed, for instance, in causing death by use of a motor vehicle.”