LNP indicates support for child sex offender register

THE Queensland LNP has indicated it would introduce a child sex offenders register if elected in 2018. 

Shadow Police Minister Tim Mander said today that plans to bring in a public register were in progress when the Newman Government was in power. 

"A child sex offenders register is an initiative the LNP explored when in government and something that Labor hasn't bothered progressing," Mr Mander said.

"Queenslanders will be under no illusion as to what our position is on this issue ahead of the next state election."

The One Nation Party also indicated its potential support for such a policy with a spokesman saying the issue was being discussed by the Federal Party room. 

One Nation is expected to win at least a few - estimates range widely from two or three to as many as 16 - seats at the next Queensland state election. 

However the current Government does not support the idea with a spokeswoman for Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath saying the state already had a sex offenders register - just not one the public could view. 

"A public register of sex offenders could have legal implications, including leading to the possible identification of child victims," the spokeswoman said. 

"During the previous LNP government, the LNP voted down a Private Member's Bill in Queensland Parliament that proposed creating a register for sexual offenders and allow information to be published.

"Then LNP Minister for Police Jack Dempsey said allowing a register went against recommendations from the then Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee and that the 2004 Act already allowed the Police Commissioner to release information."


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