Senator Derryn Hinch delivers his maiden speech in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, Sept 12, 2016. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)
Senator Derryn Hinch delivers his maiden speech in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, Sept 12, 2016. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Hinch names pedophiles in Parliament

SENATOR Derryn Hinch has used his maiden speech in Federal Parliament to name five pedophiles whose identities have been suppressed. 

Reflecting on his new position which entitles him to parliamentary privilege and provides legal immunity for anything he says, whilst making a speech on the Senate floor Hinch said: "It might make it easier to name names without having to wear an ankle bracelet or go to jail again, or be under house arrest again, for trying to protect children."

"Now it has been speculated that I will use parliamentary privilege to name names under the protection of what has derided this coward's castle.

"And I will, but, it will be a court of last resort, I will not be a cowboy.

"But if it is necessary to protect a child's well-being then damn right I will name the human vermin and I will tonight. 

"Like a Canberra degenerate whose semen was found on the nappy of a two year-old girl and whose mother was babysitting her at the time.

"The Canberra Times did not name him but he is Juan Carlos Cruz and for this disgusting crime, almost incomprehensible to normal people he was sentenced, in Canberra, to only three years and three months imprisonment with a non-parole period of 20 months."

Cruz was convicted on September 6, a judgment detailing his offending from the ACT Supreme Court can be viewed online here.

"Twenty bleeping months and that is a sick judicial joke," Mr Hinch said. 

The offender was born in El Salvador and if he is not an Australian citizen I believe he should be deported the minute he finishes his paltry sentence."

Hinch then said Cruz continued to deny his offences - a fact confirmed by the Supreme Court's judgment which read: "The offender continues to deny the offences. Consequently, there is no indication of remorse, contrition or acceptance of responsibility."

 The former radio presenter then named the two men he named on the steps of Federal Parliament which saw him spend time under house arrest as well as one other man who he said had his name suppressed by the courts. 

"And you have to ask why?" Hinch said. 

ARM has chosen not to name the other alleged offenders until it has been able to ascertain whether or not the people have been found guilty and if there are suppression orders on their identities, intended order to protect the identity of victims. 

Senator Hinch's full speech can be viewed here and starts about 17:09:00. 



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