The state of Victoria in Australia is making changes to remove the protection of name suppression for kiddy fiddlers:
The Victorian government will urgently consider repealing a law protecting the identities of child sex offenders.
But there are concerns such a change would increase the number of children harmed and encourage vigilante behaviour.
An inquiry headed by former Supreme Court judge Philip Cummins has made 90 recommendations to reform the state’s child protection system.
One of the most controversial, supported by a majority of the inquiry panel, is to repeal parts of the law relating to serious sex offenders that allows courts to suppress their names.
Premier Ted Baillieu says the government will seek advice from Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay and other justice officials about the recommendation and consider the experience in other jurisdictions.
“The government will be urgently seeking advice to deal with this matter,” he told parliament on Wednesday.
“The interests of children will take priority and do take priority for this government.
“Protecting children, families and the wider community is this government’s first priority.”
Of course there are those who like to hug pedos:
The premier’s announcement followed Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge saying on radio earlier on Wednesday that while she had personal sympathy for the recommendation, pedophiles’ rights had to be considered.
“We have to balance the rights of children and families also with … the rights of pedophiles,” she told Fairfax Radio.
Wrong. Pedophiles have no rights to even breathe.