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Child Sex Offender Register Destined to Fail

Darroch Ball MP
Spokesperson for Social Development

Child Sex Offender Register Destined to Fail

The National government’s child sex offender register is window dressing, a one-off half measure to dilute concerns over child safety, says New Zealand First.

“The register will cost $150 million but National is funding only half this cost, expecting Police, Corrections and Justice to make it work out of their existing budgets,” says New Zealand First Spokesperson for Social Development Darroch Ball.

“Police and Corrections are already under financial strain.

“To be told they must make ‘efficiency gains by more effective utilisation of existing staff’ is just a government directive to make cuts in other operations.

“This is a recipe for disaster and puts more stress on government services.

“We believe a register is essential for protection of children from recidivist sex offenders but it will only be successful when fully funded and we call on the government to do this,” says Mr Ball.

“New Zealand First has a member’s bill currently in the ballot that proposes the removal of name suppression from paedophiles where the victim or victims have not requested it or are asking for name suppression to be removed.

“If the government is serious about protecting our children from sex offenders not only should they fully fund the register they should put real support behind our members bill.”


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