My constituency question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and follows weekend coverage in the Herald Sun of yet another attack on emergency workers in northern Victoria, this time in Shepparton. I ask the Minister from what date did or will the government’s legislation from last year to mandate minimum sentences for assaults on emergency workers start being reflected in court decisions in Northern Victoria?

I would also stress to the Minister that this question is not intended as a criticism of any kind of the decision to introduce mandatory minimum sentences. The question is instead aimed at helping to provide more information to my constituents in Northern Victoria about the practical effect of that policy and the consequences of and associated deterrents for assaulting emergency workers.