Is this what emergency services must resort to, so people do the right thing? 89



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Police are having to incentivise good drivers, and paramedics need to arm themselves against their own patients. I believe our emergency services deserve better than what is happening in Australia right now!

When 48-year-old paramedic Brad Johnson was attacked on the job last year, his injuries prompted public outrage. The sickening incident meant that paramedics asked the government for tasers, capsicum spray and surveillance videos in every ambulance.

In fact deliberate attacks on paramedics have rise by 67% in recent years. In 2015 alone there were 170 assaults. How disgusting is it that people who are trying to save others’ lives need to arm themselves against patients?

As Brad Johnson’s case is heard in court today, we’ve seen emergency services personnel gathering to draw attention to their working conditions. It should never have come to this!

Emergency services personnel from across the country have protested outside Southport Court this morning calling for an end to violence against them

Posted by Gold Coast Bulletin on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

“The assault allegedly lasted several minutes and caused paramedic Brad Johnson to require seven stitches to his eye, also suffering soft tissue damage to both sides of his head and arms.”

Posted by HuffPost Australia on Saturday, December 12, 2015


Meanwhile, up in the Northern Territory police are offering good drivers the chance to win $500. Every driver who blows a zero throughout random breath tests can enter a draw to win cash prizes.

Apparently incentivising people with money means they’re less likely to put themselves and other road-users in danger. Wouldn’t it be better though, if people just did the right bloody thing initially?

“We are thinking outside the box and taking a different approach, but at the same time we are still doing all the regular enforcement activities, still out there prosecuting drink-drivers, and making sure offenders are held accountable”, said NT Sgt Jason Newton.

I’m so sad it’s come to this though. I remember a time when paramedics and police were respected for the good work they do throughout our community. I remember when being a decent, law-abiding citizen didn’t require a cash incentive, and when ambos didn’t need to have weapons handy.

What is the world coming too?

Do you agree with this Starts At Sixty contributor? Are you shocked by the lengths emergency services are forced to in Australia?


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  1. Disgusting behaviour! And this morning, a twelve year old was seen abusing police after he was caught throwing rocks. He needs his bum smacking, for sure! We are letting people get away with terrible crime these days, because we have to be nice!

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    • And did you see the clever way Channel 9 reported it? They showed the video of the foul little brat swearing, screaming and spitting at the police officers and then they said “This is what his mother had to say.” Then they showed her (with blurred out face) snarling and abusing the police with a great number of bleeps cutting out her foul abuse. Apparently the older brother is in gaol, and the father – perhaps they should put the kid in there now to save time later (sigh).

      Pretty obvious that with this sort of example the kid hasn’t got a chance. Can you imagine having to teach him? And cope with the mother as well? What a tragedy and it’s no doubt the tip of the iceberg out there.

  2. all the publicity violence against cops get but its fine to hit a nurse! BTW more nurses get assaulted yearly than police or ambulance officers combined.

  3. Well while everyone and all the money goes too stoping smokers and the taxes are through the roof the worse things from drugs and drink are out of control it makes me laugh I am a smoker and would never encourage anyone too smoke but it is way heaps better then what the kids do today.

  4. a world for of little fucks who do not give a fuck about anyone but them self .time to get the wooden spoon out and smack the shit out of the little shits.

  5. It is sad that these wonderful caring people are subjected to such appalling behaviour.

    Just this past weekend, I became very ill and all I was able to do was dial 000 before I passed out. I guess the call was traced because help came to me even though I had not given any information to the emergency call center. Fortunately I had not locked my front door.

    In reading about how Emergency Response workers are being attacked, I find it shocking. I also know that the responders who came to me, had no idea what they may have been met with when they entered my home. They came anyway, I owe them my life.

  6. The abusers should get big jail sentences

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    • They only get a smack on the hand by the judges, that’s the problem, and they should carry a weapon of some sort.

    • Locking people up for long periods would require massive expenditure by the States to build and staff new prisons. Part of the sentencing dilemma is that our gaols are already well over capacity.

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      • Good tax payers money the could be spent on the pensioners and hospitals! Put the buggars in stocks in view of the locals who know them for a couple of days and feed them bread and water, that would make them think twice before they abuse those of us who are bound by a duty of care.

  7. They do such a great job & should not have to put up with being treat this way.

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    • I agree with you . We will end up with no essential services because of this lack of regard to these wonderful people

    • I’m sure if children were taught from an early age that they have to accept the consequences of their actions there would be more respect shown.Unfortunately bad behaviour is often rewarded.

  8. Until we have people punished for their bad behaviour, by the legal fraternity, nothing will change. These light sentences, do nothing to deter these people. Lock them up for 10 years, no bail.People have lost all respect for the law.

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    • Locking people up for long periods would require massive expenditure by the States to build and staff new prisons. Part of the sentencing dilemma is that our gaols are already well over capacity.

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