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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.
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DNA testing and guilt or innocence
Caution is commendable when
introducing any legislation but it is
difficult to understand the objection to people
charged with offences being DNA tested.
This is what the South Australian Police
Commissioner Mal Hyde wants and he is
clearly speaking for police as a whole.
Attorney-General Michael Atkinson has
refused this in favour of far more restrictive
powers in legislation to go before Parliament.
The argument for DNA testing is that it is
more accurate than other forensic evidence,
including fingerprints. In other words, it is as
helpful in determining innocence as guilt.
As with fingerprints, there should be no
question of police or any other state agency
compiling dossiers on citizens - beyond those
we all acquire in these computerised times.
If testing when a person was charged were
permitted, destruction of the material of an
acquittal would have to be mandatory.
Alternatively, testing could be a
consequence of conviction for a wider range
of crimes. Concern for civil liberties must
always be an issue when any extension of
police powers is proposed.
However, unless serious scientific
objections are raised, this seems to be a
logical extension of technology no more
alarming than, say, the computerisation of
driving licences and vehicle registration.
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