There has been a “ramping up of anti-police action” which has been inherited from the race-based riots in the United State according to former speaker of the house Bronwyn Bishop.
Her comment responded to statistics which indicate more than six police officers are assaulted each day in NSW.
Ms Bishop pointed out there has been a “diminishing of respect for police”.
“We’ve got to the stage where the society seems to accept that to be abusive to a member of the police force is somehow acceptable”.
She said it was critical for Australians to “reinstate that respect” but the attempted importation of the United States race-based riots were making such steps difficult at present.
Sky News host Paul Murray said the hard data regarding violence against police should annoy people just as much as the emotive data promulgated by media organisations.
“Believe it or not, even when there was video evidence of police being assaulted and the police service gave that vision and called up all the different TV stations, everyone but channel two said sure we’ll run it,” he said.