NSW Parliament debates new one punch laws

DEBATE over the O'Farrell Government's tough new stance on one punch legislation was expected to continue in NSW Parliament late into Wednesday night.

Calls for harsher sentencing came after Thomas Kelly's killer was jailed for just four years over the coward's punch that ended the teenager's life during a night out at Kings Cross in 2012.

Under the proposed changes, anyone who throws a lethal punch while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be jailed for a minimum of eight years.

NSW Labor wants to impose several conditions on the legislation.

Shadow Attorney General Paul Lynch told the Herald his party was proposing a "much more sensible" strategy which would give the courts the power to move away from the mandatory sentence in "substantial and compelling cases".


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