Back in 2010 I mounted a campaign against name suppression, copping 9 convictions and $8000 in fines for what was then a summary offence for breaching name suppression.
Every single person I named ended up convicted and they were either wife beaters or pedo scumbags.
As a result of my campaign Simon Power change the law to make it harder to obtain name suppression and since then the number of people obtaining name suppression have dropped.
Figures from the Ministry of Justice released under the Official Information Act show it has become harder for criminals to keep their names secret, with the number of permanent name suppression orders granted falling from 882 in 2009 to 329 in 2014.
Of the 329 people granted permanent name suppression in 2014, 185 were convicted of the offence they were charged with.
Suppression provisions of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 came into force in March 2012 – and the number of suppression orders has dropped since then.
The changes were in response to a growing concern that the grounds for making the orders were unclear, and that suppression was granted too readily and inconsistently.