GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (14:12:44): My question is to the minister representing the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Over the past five years Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party has collected nearly 200 000 signatures calling for a national public register of convicted sex offenders. It inspired the establishment of the party. Both Tania and I shared Derryn’s excitement when the Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Peter Dutton, declared that the federal government would be seeking the support of all states and territories in order to establish a public register.
Just this afternoon it was reported that a serial sex offender, whose crimes include the rape of a 12-year-old girl, was living metres away from a childcare centre and a school. Given the benefits of having a public child sex offenders register include greater public awareness of offenders living close by and therefore greater child safety, is the minister able to provide any insight or information as to what the Andrews government is doing to ensure greater public awareness of convicted sex offenders living within our communities?