A public register of child sex offenders will do more harm than good

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If politicians are looking for a sure fire vote winner then anything that punishes people convicted of sex offences does the trick.

  • Greg Barns
  • The Canberra Times

So there is likely to be little resistance to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s budget announcement of $7.8 million to establish a National Public Register of Child Sex Offenders.

Dutton is proposing that this register would allow all Australians to see names, aliases and photographs of sex offenders, as well as their date of birth, physical description and the “general location and nature” of their crimes.

This initiative might be popular but international research shows that it is likely to lead to vigilantism, have no…

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