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

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