How to get tough on one-punch assaults

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 23 2018 - 8:16pm, first published August 25 2014 - 6:28pm

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell's rejection of calls by the union representing ACT police for the government to consider "one-punch" laws similar to those recently introduced in NSW and Victoria is unlikely to be the end of the matter. No one has died from an alcohol-related, single-punch assault in Canberra in recent times, but a number of people have been seriously injured, or left with permanent brain damage. Those calling for a tougher approach in the ACT (most notably by Jon Hunt-Sharman, the national president of the Australian Federal Police Association, but others too) are unlikely to be mollified by Mr Corbell's claim that that mandatory minimum prison sentences are not the answer to deterring alcohol-fuelled violence. In fact, they might point to a court case reported in The Canberra Times at the weekend as the very reason tougher sentencing guidelines are needed.

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