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Victoria talks up protecting cops while hanging them out to dry

Victoria has proposed new legislation to keep its police safe — but when it comes to compensation claims, the state holds emergency workers at arm’s length. Former Labor Party state member Tony Lupton reveals the hypocrisy.

The Victorian government has proposed legislation to protect police and other emergency workers — but while state pollies talk up their commitment to the police, two court cases show Victoria trying to avoid taking responsibility for their care.

The Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Workers) Bill 2014, part of the Napthine government’s tough on crime posture, increases sentences for people who commit crimes against


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