Tougher sentences for ramming a police car? Not under Labor.

Mr WELLS (Rowville) — This statement condemns the Andrews Labor government and the Greens for their recent disgraceful failure to support the Liberal-Nationals’ ramming of police cars legislation, which would have seen the dedicated and hardworking members of Victoria Police now have active legislative protection with police car rammers facing a minimum sentence of two years in the slammer.

The Liberal-Nationals’ legislation, if supported, would have seen the deliberate ramming of police vehicles made a specific offence, with offenders facing a mandatory minimum jail sentence of two years and a maximum of 10 years. The legislation actually passed the Legislative Council 20 to 18, but in an appalling display of partisanship which now leaves police without adequate specific legislative protection against car rammers, the Andrews government and the Greens combined to vote against the legislation being introduced into this house.

The Liberal-Nationals’ legislation had largely been welcomed by all except for the Andrews Labor government and their Greens mates. There was another incident just last week — on Monday evening, 14 August — in which a 20-year-old offender allegedly first hurled an item at one police car and then rammed another police car in Springvale, injuring a police member. One can only shake one’s head in disbelief as, had the Liberal-Nationals’ legislation been in place, the offender would be facing serious mandatory minimum jail time. Victorians deserve much better.