By Peter Rolfe
Laws designed to encourage judges to name and shame serious sex offenders will today be introduced in Victorian Parliament.
Corrections Minister Andrew McIntosh is expected to introduce amendments to the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act, requiring judges to take into account new criteria when deciding whether to suppress the names and locations of serious sex offenders.
If approved, it will reverse laws which have allowed paedophiles to remain anonymous behind court suppression orders.
- Not all sex offenders, which this article is about, are pedophiles.
Mr McIntosh said judges would also have to assess the offender's history of complying with orders and their current whereabouts.
"These amendments will ensure that courts will have to take into account the protection of children, families and the community when deciding to grant suppression orders,'' he said.
The changes relate to post-sentence sex offenders subject to supervision orders because of their risk to the community.
They were promised by the Government in response to recommendations of the Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children report by retired Supreme Court judge Philip Cummins.
The overhaul follows a long Herald Sun campaign to change the law.