Pauline Hanson has said publicly that she wants to see harsher penalties for convicted pedophiles in Australia and introduce a sex offenders National Registry database.
While she admits introducing this type of legislation into parliament would be met with opposition, Hanson said that under the policy, the names, current photos, and locations, of sex offenders would be made publicly available, as would the nature of their offences.
The One Nation leader is demanding for convicted pedophiles to be publicly outed and supports tougher penalties which would see convicted pedophiles chemically castrated under the proposed legislation.
Currently, there are over 17,000 convicted child sex offenders in Australia.
Senator Hanson’s views were made clear in her response to questions raised by the Daily Mail Australia. She is quoted as saying,
“I support chemical castration and tougher penalties for pedophiles, and the establishment of a national database of pedophiles,”
“People are very concerned about their children’s safety, and they want strong laws and penalties for those convicted of pedophilia.”
“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,” she said.
In 2019 the federal government Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton pledged $7.8 million in funding to establish a National Public Sex Offender Register. Dutton had said that the creation of the register would have a ‘strong deterrent effect’ of child sex offending patterns and would assist in advising residents of the whereabouts of child sex offenders to ensure Australian families could effectively protect their loved ones.
The motion was ‘voted down’ by the Queensland Palasczcuk government, and despite the allotted funding, the motion stalled.
In 2003, Australia was in shock over the high-profile case of 13-year-old Daniel Morcombe, who was abducted and murdered by twice-convicted pedophile Brett Cowan.
In 2003, 13-year-old Daniel Morcombe was abducted and murdered by twice-convicted pedophile Brett Cowan.
Daniel’s parents Bruce and Denise Morcombe (Daniel Morcombe Foundation) supported Dutton’s announcement for a register that would help to protect children like Daniel.
But after 11 months of waiting for the states to implement Dutton’s register, Bruce Morcombe took to Twitter to express his frustration at the lack of action, saying
“It’s not an easy week for the family. It [the state’s response to the register] was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
“Sixteen years after Daniel’s Murder and every state leader remains as weak as piss.”
“Collectively you place the rights of pedophiles ahead of kids. I’m angry. Shame on you! Do your job!” he tweeted.
In an opinion paper written in 2020 by Bruce and Denise Morcombe (Daniel Morcombe Foundation), they supported the establishment of an Identification tool in placing a child’s basic human right, ‘to be safe all of the time’, first and foremost.
Under the Morcombe Foundation ‘Daniel’s Law,’ a child sex offenders’ register would contain the following information-
- Offenders 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.
Currently, the Australian government allows the public to submit ‘applications’ to access each individual state’s sex offenders register. Those who apply to access the information must first agree to the following conditions that they –
- will not create, promote, or increase animosity toward or harassment of a person identified by this site; and
- will not publish, distribute, or display any photographs or personal information provided by this site without the prior written approval from the Minister for Police.
The legislation; hoping to be introduced by Senator Hanson; would make information on child sex offenders accessible on a national publicly accessible register and would further seek to impose harsher penalties for convicted child sex offenders.