Liberals introduce amendments to protect emergency service workers

The State Liberals have introduced amendments in Parliament to extend protections in the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) (Blood Testing) Amendment Bill to all emergency services workers.

The Government’s Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) (Blood Testing) Bill will enable a police officer to order a blood test from anyone who assaults or spits at them while they are on duty.

The State Liberals have introduced amendments to this legislation to extend this provision to other emergency service workers, including ambulance officers, MFS members, CFS volunteers, St John Ambulance volunteers, Surf Life Saving volunteers and workers in hospital emergency departments.

“As legislators, we have a responsibility to provide better protection to our emergency service workers who are assaulted on the job,” said Shadow Attorney-General Vickie Chapman.

“Whether it is a police officer, emergency department doctor or ambulance officer, all emergency service workers deserve the same level of protection.

“This is a bipartisan issue and I am hopeful that the Weatherill Labor Government will support our amendments.”