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A public register of child sex offenders is a really bad idea

In what would only amount to a win for big government, the recent public register of sex offenders, proposed by Peter Dutton earlier this week, is a truly terrible idea for several reasons. However, it should come as no surprise that Mr Big Government himself seems either not to know about the research showing a public register doesn’t work, or far more likely, he just doesn’t care. In addition, the Law Council of Australia publicly condemned the 36-hour time fame for initial feedback on the proposal, calling it “absurd” and “an affront to all victims of sexual abuse”.

The optimist in me wants to believe that the short turnaround is in the interest of passing much needed legislation, but with a lack of evidence to support the use of a public register, it is likely yet another move by the federal government to introduce legislation that is neither … Read the rest

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