Australia: WA’s sex offender laws ‘as tough as they can be’, says Premier Mark McGowan

[ – 10/7/19] Premier Mark McGowan says WA laws are as tough as they can be in dealing with dangerous sex offenders following the release of a notorious paedophile.________, a repeat sex offender, walked free on Monday after convincing a judge he was no longer a threat to children.His release is subject to a record 61 conditions – including that he undergo chemical castration.

The Premier said that as a parent he was unhappy whenever a sex offender was released from jail but said people could not be kept in jail indefinitely.

It’s a matter for the courts. We can’t actually decree that someone can be kept in jail beyond the end of their sentence indefinitely because it would be unconstitutional,” the Premier told 6PR.

State Attorney-General John Quigley said yesterday he was concerned about the outcome but was not able to prevent Allen from walking free.

If we locked them up forever… the law would be struck down under the Constitution and these people would be at large amongst us without any conditions,” he said.



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