Pauline Hanson has called for pedophiles to be chemically castrated along with tougher penalties for sex offenders.
The One Nation leader also called for the establishment of a national database of paedophiles, after responding to questions on the issue from Daily Mail Australia.
‘I support chemical castration and tougher penalties for paedophiles, and the establishment of a national database of paedophiles,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘People are very concerned about their children’s safety and they want strong laws and penalties for those convicted of paedophilia,’ Ms Hanson said.
‘For sex offences not involving children, I consider it appropriate for the presiding magistrate or judge to determine the appropriate penalty under the relevant law.’
Pauline Hanson has called for pedophiles to be chemically castrated along with tougher penalties for sex offenders
A Daily Mail Australia mock-up of how an online national child sex offender could look. Above are some of the most well known offenders in Australia – including Daniel Morcombe’s killer Brett Cowan, notorious sex pest Michael Guider, Hey Dad!’s Robert Hughes, predator Robert Fardon and jailed ‘Evil 8’ rapist Ryan Clegg
There are more than 17,000 convicted paedophiles in Australia. Western Australia alone has more than 3,500 on its register for a population of less than 2.7 million
Half of the nation’s convicted paedophiles re-offend within four years. Former A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack described himself as a ‘proud ped’ in a messages that saw him plead guilty to a child pornography charge. But he did not offend against a child
Brett Peter Cowan (left) had already been convicted of sex crimes when he kidnapped, raped and murdered Daniel Morcombe in 2003. On right is predator Michael Guider upon his release from prison last year. He murdered Sydney schoolgirl Samantha Knight in 1986
However, despite Ms Hanson supporting a national paedophile register, if she does decide to introduce legislation into parliament to make it happen, she may face opposition, with state politicians opposing a similar idea backed by the coalition in 2020.
Two-years-ago state politicians voted against a law calling for a public child sex offender register in Australia that would ‘name and shame’ paedophiles.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton announced the federal government was putting $7.8million toward a public register of convicted sex offenders in January 2019 – just before the 2019 election in May.
Under the policy, the names, aliases, photos and nature of sex offenders’ crimes would be made publicly accessible, as would their general location.
Despite the federal government making the funds available to make the project happen, it was up to state governments to introduce it in their jurisdictions.
Queensland Premier Annastasia Palasczcuk’s government voted down a motion supporting such a register, in a move Mr Dutton’s spokeswoman slammed as ‘very frustrating’.
Queensland state Labor MP Scott Stewart rubbished the idea, telling Parliament the Australian Institute of Criminology had found ‘public sex offender registers do not reduce recidivism.’
‘This government will always listen to and support the experts — unlike those opposite,’ he said, crowing that his government already had the ‘toughest’ regime for sex offenders.
How a name-and-shame register would work
Daniel Morcombe was abducted from a bus stop when he was 13-year-old and murdered
Bruce Morcombe, whose son Daniel was abducted from a bus stop by a convicted paedophile in December 2003 and murdered, has urged state and territory governments to introduce a paedophile’s register now.
‘I don’t want it to wither on the vine – I want it to grow bigger and stronger and actually be delivered’.
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation has issued its own plan for how a sex offender register could work.
Such a register would publish the names, aliases, geographical area, current photo, list of identifying features of offenders, and local statistics.
Mr Morcombe said his foundation’s plan was modest and would only see repeat or recidivist offenders, or people who have committed hideous crimes, named and shamed.
That would give more minor, one-off offenders a chance to get help and be rehabilitated.
Mr Morcombe has previously lashed state and territory leaders as ‘weak as piss’ for their lukewarm response to Mr Dutton’s $7.8million proposal.
But the child protection advocate struck a more measured tone to Daily Mail Australia saying he ‘hoped’ it was still on the agenda.
‘And if it’s not, as a reasonable, level-headed citizen of Australia, please tell me why? Why am I on the wrong track.
‘I see a lot of upside. It’s all about kids, keeping kids safe and kids’ rights to be safe all the time, that’s what it’s about.
‘That should come before convicted multi-offending paedophiles.’
DANIEL’S LAW: WHAT THE MORCOMBE FAMILY WANT
Under the Daniel Morcombe Foundation’s plan, a child sex offenders’ register would contain the following information:
- Offender’s name, alias and nickname
- Geographical area of an offender’s principal place of residence
- Ability to statistically search an area for residing offenders
- Detail the general nature of the offending against children
- A current photo and identifying features namely tattoos, unique posture, unusual gait or stance, hair colour, ethnicity and gender
The register would NOT capture information that could assist in the identification of young victims of crime or include offenders aged under 18 years of age.
Accompanying the register would be strengthened vigilante laws to protect the physical wellbeing and safety of those listed on the register.
Source: Morcombe Foundation Opinion Paper