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Australia: Overhaul of suppression order laws could see sex offenders identified

[theage.com.au]

The identity of some of the most dangerous sex offenders could be revealed under reforms to the state’s suppression order laws being considered by the Victorian government.

An independent review of Victoria’s Open Courts Act has recommended that courts should be restricted from making suppression orders concealing the identity or whereabouts of sex offenders living in the community under supervision.

Safety of the individuals would still need to be considered, it said.

The Victorian government has given its support “in full or in principle” to 17 of the 18 recommendations, and is still considering one.

Between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016, Victorian courts and tribunals made1594 suppression orders.

The review found that courts and tribunals made relatively few suppression orders in comparison to their overall caseloads, but further work was needed to ensure future orders were clearer and made only when necessary.

It recommended a range of improvements to existing suppression laws, including:

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  1. matthew

    I’ve always wondered how long it would be before a country other than the US publicized its sex offender registry. It’s pretty remarkable that we’re the only country to publicize sex offenders so far. Considering that 7 other countries have sex offender registries, and they’ve usually had the registries for a pretty long time. (Since about 2000-2004.) Plus they already have an example of a country that publicizes sex offenders.

    In Canada some conservatives are calling to publicize the most dangerous sex offenders. Nobody’s calling to publicize the whole list. At least yet.

    Of course, a small amount of public access to the registry could lead to a larger amount of public access to the registry. If Canada publicizes 2% of sex offenders, or Australia passes this ban on “suppression orders”, that would probably prove to be step 1 toward publicizing the entire list online. Within 5 years, maybe 7 at the most.

    • David Kennerly, The Government-Driven Life

      Oh, of the ones who have a Registry there are always screams to make it public. You see it in their press. And of the ones who don’t have a Registry, many are screaming for one. It’s the American Swine Sex Hysteria Flu infecting the world. Just like many countries now have both their own Trumps and their own Oprahs. Morocco, once a friendly country, is now in their thrall as well as about eighty other countries.

      • Tim Moore

        It is like the practice of letting blood. What happens when a treatment believed to let out bad spirits doesn’t seem to work? Well, you must not have let out enough spirits, so you let out more blood. When the patient seems to get worse, what do you do? Let out more blood. Eventually you kill the patient– or the doctor start using science and abandons the belief for something that works. People are too invested emotionally in the belief the registry works. They will always try to ratchet up the restrictions until there is no more liberty left to take away.

      • David Kennerly, The Government-Driven Life

        Sadly, a thirteen-year-old girl in France has just been discovered, murdered, by a Registrant (yes, France has a registry) whose previous conviction was for rape (probably not of a minor) a number of years ago. She voluntarily left with him, a former neighbor whom her family knew well, but resisted his attempts of sex. He hid her body in a forest and several days after she was declared missing and a massive search began, he was questioned and admitted to her disappearance and murder. “May who admitted to killing Angelique, 13, was a former neighbor previously convicted of rape.”
        (in French) https://www.ladepeche.fr/article/2018/04/29/2788965-angelique-adolescente-13-ans-avait-disparu-nord-ete-retrouvee-morte.html#commentaires

        • David Kennerly, The Government-Driven Life

          It turns out that the suspect was previously convicted of a sexual offense against a twelve-year-old using a weapon. In France, the Registry is not available for viewing online but is only available to the judiciary and the police and, in some limited cases, to those government agencies or organizations who might hire him. They stress that, under French laws, the offender must have the right to rehabilitate himself which would not be possible with a public registry. With this case, however, there are sure to be renewed calls for the creation of a public registry. Angélique’s murder is getting a lot of airplay today in French media.

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