An advocate for a public registry of sex offenders is in New Zealand to campaign for changing the country's name suppression laws.
New Zealand-born Australian broadcaster Derryn Hinch (2011 Video) will speak to the Sensible Sentencing Trust this weekend with the aim of getting a public registry of convicted sex offenders in New Zealand.
Speaking to TVNZ's Breakfast programme this morning, Mr Hinch says he believes it's "common sense" to have a registry for sex offenders and that the public has a right to know who and where sex offenders are.
"You should know that someone's out there in the community," he told the programme. "You have a right to know as a parent."
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Mr Hinch is an outspoken advocate for a sex offender registry in Australia and New Zealand and has been convicted and imprisoned multiple times for contempt of court for breaching suppression orders by revealing details of offenders.
He believes naming sex offenders won't necessarily identify the victims of abuse and says in some cases the victims want to be named so their attackers can be convicted.
"I'd do anything to protect a victim's identity. They've been through hell so they should be protected," he says.
The media personality says the current system of suppressing sex offenders names is not working and is letting the public down.
Mr Hinch says nearly 150,000 people have signed a petition calling for changes.