State government ministers have dismissed a proposal by Derryn Hinch to establish a national public sex offenders registry.
A proposal by controversial broadcaster Derryn Hinch to publish details of convicted sex offenders has been shot down by state governments.
Hinch has been lobbying governments for a national public sex offenders registry and is running a petition that has about 150,000 signatures.
State and federal justice ministers at the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council meeting on Friday decided against a national registry.
But ministers said they would continue to monitor programs running in South Australia and Western Australia that allowed limited information to be released.
In WA, people can apply for photographs of convicted sex offenders in their suburb and adjoining areas.
But they can only access photographs of court-determined dangerous sexual offenders, serious repeat offenders and people convicted of crimes punishable by five years or more in prison who also pose a risk to peoples’ sexual safety.
Hinch’s plan has the support of Bruce and Denise Morcombe, the parents of Daniel, a 13-year-old Sunshine Coast boy killed after he was abducted and indecently assaulted.
The outspoken broadcaster has been openly critical of Australia’s justice system and has been convicted for publishing details about sex offenders and other criminals, breaking strict court orders.
In August, the Queensland parliament voted down a bill to implement a state-based convicted sex offenders register.