Australian News

The purpose of this website/ information is to promote public awareness/protection, prevent you and those close to you from the potential dangers posed by individuals who have committed sex offences in the past and to deter sex offenders from offending/re- offending. Any criminal actions taken by persons against the offenders named within this site, may result in arrest and prosecution of those persons.

Home    About MAKO    Services    Contact    Prevention    MAKO/Files    Community Notification    Report    Referral    Profile's    Facts/ Stats    Online Dangers    Child Safety    MAKO Petitions    Research/ Resources    Books    DNA Info
Safety For Women    News/ Articles    Your Comments    Australian Politicians/ Contacts    Join    Sponsors    Donations    Links

Name and shame sex fiends, says fearful community

Parents and families should have a right to know if a pedophile is living among them, a new report says.
Suppression orders on the names of child sex offenders comfort pedophiles and undermine confidence in the legal system, it says.
The 900-page report into child abuse, commissioned by the Baillieu Government and tabled in State Parliament yesterday, pulled apart the state's Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act.
"Repeal would enhance the protection of vulnerable victims and would affirm the principle of open courts," the report said.
"The community has a right to be informed about the functioning of the system in relation to serious sex offenders. As a group, pedophiles are the most recidivist of all major categories of offenders.
"The methodology of the pedophile is secrecy and the law should not itself provide a veil of secrecy to pedophiles."
Before the laws were introduced in 2005, the Herald Sun was able to report that experts wanted a notorious pedophile to roam free to see if he would attack again - even though he was considered a 54 per cent chance to reoffend within 15 years.
Under the 2005 Act, such information could not have been published.
The inquiry, headed by former Supreme Court judge Philip Cummins, said vigilante behaviour could be controlled by other means, such as laws prohibiting the harassment of an identified offender.
The report noted that broadcaster Derryn Hinch had challenged the law, and was sentenced for it, but said the magistrate had acted according to the law.
"Rather, it is the legislation that is wrong and the inquiry by majority considers it should be repealed," the report said.
Two of the three inquiry members supported this view, but one dissented, saying the law should be retained.
A spokesman for Corrections Minister Andrew McIntosh last night said the recommendation would be considered.
The Baillieu-led Victorian Government yesterday announced sweeping reforms to the crisis-plagued child protection system.
This included a "downpayment" of $61 million that will include an extra 42 frontline child protection workers.
Three crisis centres where specialist sexual abuse police officers will work beside child protection workers and counsellors will be set up.
Mr Baillieu said the Government would respond to the report's 90 recommendations.
"The failures of the child protection system over the past decade in Victoria have been this state's shame," he said.
Other recommendations include an overhaul for the Children's Court to make it less adversarial and a review of alcohol pricing due to its role in abuse.
The report said 60 Victorian children have to be removed from dangerous homes each week, spending an average 18 months bouncing between different types of care.
Getting into care has been almost impossible for more than 2000 children, who had to be reported to child protection workers more than 10 times as they continually slipped through the cracks.
Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge said there should be more adoption instead of sending children back to abusive parents.

Herald Sun (29-2-2012)
Ashley Gardiner/ Grant McArthur

MAKO/Files Online.. Listing Australian Convicted Paedophiles/ Sex Offenders/ Child Killers.. FREE Public Service..

Australian News
Wanted Offenders
Safety For Women
Sex Offenders- Electronic Tagging
Victim Assistance/ eferral
Community Notification

Search on: Google - Google USENET - Yahoo - AltaVista - All the Web - Gigablast - HotBot - Lycos - Teoma - WiseNut

Copyright © MAKO 2011. All Rights Reserved. Legal/Disclaimer/ Privacy/ Terms Of Use.