Tuesday, October 16, 2012

AUSTRALIA - State Government say 'No' to sex offenders site

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By Brooke Baskin

A website that reveals where convicted sex offenders live is "not a priority" in Queensland, says Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie.

The West Australian Government's Community Protection website went live on Monday and can provide the public with photographs and some basic information on the state's worse sex offenders, including pedophiles.

Mr Bleijie said he wasn't "averse to the idea" but added setting up a similar government-run database for sex offenders in Queensland wasn't a big priority.

"What we've done with our laws for sex offenders, particularly child sex offenders, (means) if you are convicted of a child sex offence and serve time in prison, and you come out and do it again, then there is a mandatory life imprisonment," he said.

"There is also a non parole period of 20 years."

He said the government had to straddle a line between informing the community and promoting vigilantism.

Police Minister Jack Demspey said he would be watching the Western Australian website "with interest".

He said the state was already home to some of the toughest sex offender legislation in Australia, including 24-hour GPS tracker monitoring and indefinite detention under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sex Offenders) Act 2003 (PDF).

Mr Dempsey said "targeted disclosure" meant some immediate neighbours and victims of crime would be notified of a sex offender's location.

He said Queensland Corrective Services had commenced a notification scheme designed to send SMS alerts to nearby schools and childcare centres if a sex offender deliberately removed their GPS tracker and may have been in the vicinity.

A QCS spokesman said 79 dangerous sex offenders living in Queensland were fitted with GPS trackers while 88 offenders had been declared under the DPSOA.

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