Broadcaster Derryn Hinch, who has done jail time for naming sex offenders, says Queensland will consider his proposal for a public register of sex pests.
Broadcaster Derryn Hinch says the Queensland government will consider introducing his model for a public register of sex offenders.
The controversial media personality met with Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie in Brisbane on Tuesday, two months after briefing Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark about his plan.
Mr Hinch said Mr Bleijie would consider his plan in a review of Queensland’s laws regarding dangerous sex offenders.
“They have all of their legislation back on the table and the idea of my public register goes into the mix,” Mr Hinch said after the meeting.
“I wouldn’t be as bold to say that this is likely or that is likely, I’m just thrilled it’s in the mix.”
Mr Hinch has served jail time for naming sex offenders and doesn’t believe they can be rehabilitated.
“Their biggest weapon is secrecy and anonymity,” he said.
“Until we’ve got a public register, we don’t own who they are or where they are.”
Mr Hinch wrote to all attorneys-general in June seeking support for his proposal.
He gathered more than 150,000 signatures on a petition that calls on federal, state and territory governments to unite to publish a national register of all convicted sex offenders.
Queensland couple Bruce and Denise Morcombe, whose 13-year-old son Daniel was murdered in 2003 by serial pedophile and child rapist Brett Cowan, back Mr Hinch’s proposal.
Before he snatched Daniel from a Sunshine Coast bus stop, Cowan had been jailed for horrific sex crimes against young boys in Brisbane and Darwin.
But civil libertarians, academics and child protection advocates say a register could push pedophiles underground or lead to vigilantism.
Hetty Johnston, the founder of child protection group Bravehearts, says the continued detention of dangerous sex offenders, not a register, is the answer.
The Morcombes joined Mr Hinch on the final leg of his 180km Jail 2 Justice walk this year, aimed at garnering support for his register.
“You can’t say the public register would have saved Daniel, tragically,” Mr Hinch said on Tuesday.
“But at least if he (Cowan) was on a register, we would have known then who he was and where he was.”
Mr Bleijie was non-committal about Hinch’s plan.
“On top of our already extensive reforms, we are reviewing Queensland’s dangerous sex offender legislation and consultation with a range of groups and individuals is part of that,” he said in a statement.