Bruce and Denise Morcombe joined Derryn Hinch to speak to the media. (ABC News: Nick Haggarty)
Names, photos and addresses of convicted sex offenders would be listed on a national and publicly available register under a plan by Victorian senator Derryn Hinch.
- Governments may request changes to registry to suppress addresses, Hinch says
- Morcombe parents say registry could have prevented Daniel’s killer from offending after early crimes
- Campaign for registry dubbed Daniel’s Law
Senator Hinch re-launched his proposal in Canberra today, flanked by child safety campaigners Bruce and Denise Morcombe.
In 2003, their son Daniel was abducted and killed by Bruce Peter Cowan — a man with a history of abusing children.
The campaign has been dubbed Daniel’s Law.
“We think it may have helped Daniel 14 years ago if this sort of policy was out there. Daniel’s perpetrator may have said ‘Well I won’t go down that road again, too many people know who I am and I’ll get caught’,” Ms Morcombe said.
“It’s a great day for Daniel’s legacy.”
Senator Hinch said a similar register had been in action in the United States, and that he wanted it to be debated at the next COAG meeting of state and territory leaders.
“I want their name, I want their photo, I want their address and their crimes,” Senator Hinch said.
“Now, there may be an area where some of the states will say maybe the address shouldn’t be on there — that’s something that can be negotiated — but certainly a name and photograph.”
Names could be listed on register ‘forever’: Bruce Morcombe
The Victorian Justice Party senator has been spurred on by his success in campaigning to strip convicted sex offenders of their passports, which has been agreed to by the Federal Government.
Mr Morcombe described the development of the register as a “bad day” for sex offenders.
“Your name will be up on lights for what you have done to children,” Mr Morcombe said.
“You are the worst of the worst, you need to understand that these crimes have implications on children for their rest of their life.
“So to, your actions need to be recorded for the rest of your life.”
He said it could also prove to be a deterrent for some people.
“If you are a person that has a warped interest in young children, you need to seek help,” Mr Morcombe said.
“Because at the end of the day they will appreciate that they’re not going to get a slap on the wrists through the courts, their name has the potential to be listed on this website forever.”
The Morcombe family established the Daniel Morcombe Foundation in the years after their son was abducted to educate children about their personal safety and the risk of abduction, as well as assisting victims of crime.