Palmer deputy supports public sex offender register in Qld
A PUBLIC sex offender register may be on the cards for Queensland after the Deputy Leader of the Palmer United Party in Queensland has backed the idea.
Candidate for Kawana Jeremy Davey announced this week that the Palmer United Party would commit to the establishment of a Public Sex Offender's Register in Queensland.
Mr Davey, a father to two children, believed that the establishment of such a register is important to voters in Queensland. More importantly, he asserts that the establishment of such a register would help protect Queensland families.
The announced intention comes after the Northern Territory Government revealed in 2014 that the Northern Territory will be the first jurisdiction in Australia to introduce such a publicly accessible register
In a tremendous sign of respect to child sex offender victim and Sunshine Coast resident, the late Daniel Morcombe, the Northern Territory Government announced legislation to establish the website will be titled 'Daniel's Law'.
Mr Davey said he was disappointed that the Queensland Attorney-General and Member for Kawana, Jarrod Bleijie, had not taken real steps to establish such a register and put Queensland in a position to set the example to other states.
"I, along with many other residents of the Sunshine Coast and Queensland, watched in absolute dismay as the Morcombe family became victims of the cruellest of crimes," Mr Davey said.
"I have also watched with much admiration as the Morcombes have given their all to educating children right across the country on how to better protect themselves from predators.
"Mr Bleijie and the Queensland Government have demonstrated their ability to introduce landmark laws such as the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (Anti-Bikie) laws, so I am disappointed that they have not taken the opportunity to introduce laws to establish a register that would further enhance the safety of Queensland children."
Mr Davey said that it is the role of the Queensland Government to do all they possibly can to protect the community and educate them about potential dangers.
"I want the Queensland community to be informed as best they can about predators in their community and to give parents the tools to better educate themselves about dangers that exist within their community."
Mr Davey dismissed concerns by some groups that such a register would cause privacy concerns.
"In my opinion, the public's right to know takes the upmost precedence over the privacy concerns of any serious sex offender.
"The day someone makes the decision to commit a serious sex offence against a child, they forfeit their right to privacy principles awarded to ordinary citizens," Mr Davey said.