Child sex register to be set up within a month

A good start but it really should be public.

New Zealand’s first register of child sex offenders will be set up within 30 days.

Parliament on Thursday passed the bill that authorises it by 107 votes to 14.

Police and other agencies will have access to it, but the public won’t.

“Currently these offenders can disappear back into communities when they have completed a sentence or order,” Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said.

“When the register begins operating these offenders will be required by law to provide a range of personal; information, and inform the police of any change … we need all these names in one place, on one register.”  

She said the register would include offenders with name suppression “so no one will fall through the cracks”.

Offenders will stay on the register for life, 15 years or eight years depending on their offences and the sentenced imposed.

If they fail to provide the required information about themselves, which includes home and work addresses, any aliases, email address and car registration number, they can be fined or sent to prison.

“The register is set to commence 30 days after Royal Assent is granted,” Mrs Tolley said.

Royal Assent means the bill being signed by the governor-general, which usually happens within days of a third reading.

All the parties in parliament except the Greens supported the bill.

So, the Greens are campaigning to be the party that supports pedos?

 

– NZNewswire

  • BR

    The Greens would support legalising pedophilia if they thought it would advance their agenda.

    Bill.

    • Kopua Cowboy

      Given Green and Labour support for increasing the “refugee” quota, I’d suggest it isn’t too far a leap to say they already do de facto support it.

  • Nyla

    Im for making the child sex offenders public … but, and theres always a but … vigilante-ism would happen, and some of those offenders are controlling their urges, so they deserve a fair go (I know of one such offender) … but then I feel community should be aware also, so Im sitting in both corners

    • jimknowsall

      I agree. I feel it is important to punish actual criminal behaviour rather than thought crimes and the potential to commit a crime. But then if my neighbour were a paedo and I asked him to babysit not having known his background, I’d be pretty upset.

  • Keeping Stock

    One of the issues with child sex offenders is that many have offended against their own children, who have automatic name suppression.

    That apart, shame on the Greens for putting the rights of paedophiles ahead of the rights of victims or potential victims.

    • jimknowsall

      It’s hard to see what the Greens have a against this bill. There’s a good argument against a public list, but this is not what is proposed. I wonder what their reasoning is?

      • Keeping Stock

        Here are the two Green Party speeches from the Third Reading

        debate:

        David Clendon – “We have no confidence at all that the establishment of a register will take us one step towards the well-being of children” – http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/45273

        Jan Logie – “I have a very long history of working alongside victims of sexual violence and that is where I am standing in that knowledge and that experience in my opposition to this Bill” – http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/45276

        Once again, it seems as though the Greens think they know better than anyone else. What other explanation can be given for being the only opponents of a measure to protect people against sexual predators?

  • hookerphil

    I noticed that when that American College student was recently released from prison after serving a short sentence for the rape of a drunken woman who apparently did not give her approval has had to register as a sex offender in his home state for life. Certainly no 8 or 15 year thing along with a great number of restrictions he now faces.

  • Keanne Lawrence

    It goes without saying the Greens oppose everything except their own whacky proposals but it does get them noticed by being singled out.
    The new bill is a step in the right direction so that those need to be aware of them can be. While most of us would prefer they are locked up and the key melted down into a numbered medallion, that can not be. Making the register public is whole different proposition.
    While it might have been an option pre-internet days it is likely the more conservative attitudes of those times would have more likely prevented it. Unfortunately such attitudes have been diluted along with common sense for many who do not appear capable of handling the truth in any shape or form.
    Sadly this problem will never go away and the biggest frustration is that increased leniency seems to only provide the rope they use for their next victim.

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