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Sex Offender Register One Step Closer

Sex Offender Register One Step Closer

"Common sense New Zealanders will be very pleased with Parliament's unanimous decision last night to send my Sex Offenders' Registry Bill to Select Committee," ACT New Zealand Associate Justice Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today.

"Victims of sex crimes - and those who don't ever want to be - have been waiting a long time for this sort of legislation to be introduced to Parliament," Miss Coddington said.

"I have been a Member of Parliament for just 12 months, so I am particularly delighted to see the Bill - not just introduced, but - sent on its path to become law.

"In 1996 when US President Bill Clinton signed in Megan's Law, he said: `We respect people's rights, but there is no right greater than a parent's right to raise a child in safety and love. That's why the law should follow those who prey on children wherever they go, state to state, town to town.'

"My Bill is not the same as Megan's Law, in that offenders' details won't be available to the general public.

"However, sex offenders will be required to register on a national database which police, and other authorised officials, will be able to readily access to use as a weapon to fight crime, and to prevent offences from occurring.

"The vote in favour of this Bill is, I believe, a vote in favour of a shift away from the failed policies of the past 30 years - where it was thought if you were nice to criminals, they will behave themselves.

"This has led to criminals being treated as victims, and real victims having their true rights - to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - crushed.

"The success thus far of my Sex Offenders Registry Bill shows that ACT is indeed a party of influence - and that our actions back our zero tolerance for crime policies. ACT gets things done for ordinary New Zealanders" Miss Coddington said.

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