IF A convicted sex offender moved in next door, wouldn’t you want to know?
“Of course you would,” says Sonya Ryan, a grieving mum who knows all too well what a predator can do.
Ms Ryan, whose daughter Carly was murdered by Gary Newman in 2006, is 100 per cent in favour of a new push in Victoria that would give everyday Australians access to a database of the worst of the worst.
“It’s long overdue,” Ms Ryan told news.com.au. “When an adult preys on a child, I truly cannot think of a worse act. Our priority should be protecting our children.”
The Victorian government said this week it will consider a radical new plan to share information on sex offenders — including photographs and identifying features — with concerned members of the public. The plan, proposed by the Victorian opposition during an election year, would be an Australian first.