Derryn Hinch exposes paedophiles’ names in maiden speech

Did Derryn Hinch abuse his power by naming and shaming child sex offenders?

Senator Hinch names paedophiles

Is it an abuse of a senator’s power to name and shame convicted child sex offenders?

Senator Derryn Hinch has been accused of abusing his right to parliamentary privilege by using his maiden speech on Monday night to name and shame a number of convicted paedophiles.

The controversial Justice Party leader told the chamber he would not be a “cowboy” with his newfound legal immunity, however he would use it as a “court of last resort” to follow through on his party’s objective to “name names”. 

The primary purpose of parliamentary privilege is to enable senators and members to discuss issues that may otherwise lead to civil or criminal liability. 

Under the protection of parliament, Mr Hinch named five convicted sex offenders, including some whose names are subject to a suppression order and who are currently serving time for child sex offences.

Queensland Council for Civil Liberties president Michael Cope said he wasn’t surprised by Mr Hinch’s move.  

“It's always been our concern that once Senator Hinch got the benefit of parliamentary privilege he would be abusing that power, and clearly he's started off that way,” Mr Cope said.

“Well, quite clearly he hasn't been able to restrain himself, not beyond even his first speech. Unlike when he was outside Parliament, there's no process of a court being able to stop him from doing this, or punish him for doing this.”

Mr Hinch has previously been convicted and imprisoned on three separate occasions for breaching suppression orders and releasing the names of sex offenders.

When asked how he had managed his parliamentary privilege, Mr Hinch described it as “impeccable” and defended his actions.

“Impeccable. Impeccable. Haven't abused it at all. Used it properly. Proud of it, and will do it again,” he said. “These are not first timers at all. These are serial sex offenders."

While he disputes the use of suppression orders, Mr Hinch said he would not name an offender if it could also lead to identification of the victim.

While each Australian state has its own sex-offender register, Mr Hinch is pushing for a national list. He claimed that if Australia had had one in place, victims such as Jill Meagher and Queensland teenager Daniel Morcombe would still be alive.

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Opinion: Is he right or wrong?

Was Derryn Hinch in the wrong when he named convicted sex offenders in the Senate?

That depends where you stand on the issue of judicial confidentiality and suppression.

There’s a reason Derryn Hinch made it into the Senate in the first place. From the start, he was clear that he’d be using his parliamentary privilege to name names. Clearly, there are Australians out there who want more transparency when it comes to public access to criminal information.

In 2014, the former journalist and broadcaster was found guilty of releasing the criminal history of Jill Meagher's killer, Adrian Ernest Bayley. Mr Hinch elected jail time over paying a fine, and was imprisoned for 50 days.

Yesterday, he called his use of parliamentary privilege “impeccable”. So, what we see here is a man who is driven by his convictions. Unafraid to wield his power, prepared to face the backlash for his controversial actions and, if necessary, go to jail.

Mr Hinch is playing a dangerous game in some senses. While his motives may be noble, some of his defences struggle to hold water. For example, there is the chance that naming child sex offender’s names could lead to negative repurcussions for someone who shares the same name. 

Mr Hinch’s defence is that, “If your name is Jim Smith, there may be a million Jim Smiths out there, but you would know very quickly this wasn't the Jim Smith that committed this crime”.

Logically, this argument makes sense. However, try telling that to another ordinary Adrian Bayley whose job application is rejected because his name conjures a particular association in the hiring manager’s mind. Not even Mr Hinch can guarantee the impossibility of that happening.

Ultimately, we should consider the greater good and which actions will best serve the victims of sex offences, as well as help prevent future sex crimes. Whether Derryn Hinch rightly or wrongly named names, the fact is he has his own beliefs about the greater good (as well as a political party and parliamentary immunity through which to promote them), and he’s going to keep fighting for that. Shouldn’t we all fight for something?

Do you think Derryn Hinch abused his power by releasing the names of paedophiles? Would you want to see a national sex-offender register? 

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    mogo51
    14th Sep 2016
    9:58am
    He was absolutely correct to name these vile people.
    MICK
    14th Sep 2016
    3:28pm
    I agree and find it incredible that the legal industry has the hide to talk about abusing privilege given the manner in which they often pervert justice to get their (guilty) clients off.
    I applaud Hinch although I am surprised he did the deed in his maiden speech.
    AT least now the ability of paedophiles to hide will be removed as it always should have been. If they are unhappy with that then they need to move overseas. The price for despicable behaviour.
    JAID
    14th Sep 2016
    4:48pm
    It is an abuse of priviledge. We elect people to lead from, prevent and make laws regarding inappropriate behaviour not waste time picking out a few token individuals for extra judicial punishment.

    Our children are powerless or relatively so; our duty of care is therefore paramount. We should not forget that we also have a responsibility for those we punish; we do that that in the name of all of us and it is up to us to gear the entire system to assure even-handed arms-distance treatment aimed at assuring the longterm safety of the community.

    Grandstanding and name-dropping can be counterproductive to rehabilitation efforts; it hurts some more than others and it is not getting on with the job of stopping the heinous, disgusting abuse that Mr. Hinch rightly despises.
    Kaz
    14th Sep 2016
    4:58pm
    He named serial offenders and experience shows these are not able/won't be rehabilitated. Why shouldn't we know Jill Meagher' killer's criminal history? He is one person who demonstrates a failure to protect the community from serial offenders. Saying someone else may have the same name is not a reason not to. A right to privacy? You gave that up when you ruined numerous children's lives.
    Gra
    14th Sep 2016
    6:16pm
    @ Mick, if you want to find a hypocrite you need to look no further than a lawyer. There are good ones out there but they are hard to find.
    buby
    16th Sep 2016
    11:04am
    your EXACTly right there Kaz. as far as i'm concerned he has lost his privilege of remaining anonymous as soon as he ruined those childrens lives.
    He has NO right to privacy as far as i'm concerned and all should know who he is, and put the right name to the right face.....some names might be the same but the faces won't be. So they should stop making those lame excuses!! HINCH did the right thing
    Jim
    14th Sep 2016
    10:22am
    Not only should these mongrels be named they should be branded in clear view so everyone knows what they are.
    buby
    16th Sep 2016
    11:05am
    indeed they should. They should be tied to a stake, and let rotten tomato'es be thrown at them for a whole week, and they should think themself's lucky they not get drowned IN juice!
    Boof
    14th Sep 2016
    10:31am
    The powers' that be could stop the need for this easiy. Just sterilise or castrate serious or 2nd offenders. End of story. They will not reoffend.
    B5YCK
    14th Sep 2016
    11:10am
    But do it with a sledge hammer!
    Sconny
    14th Sep 2016
    11:20am
    well said Boof but I would chop their d..k off first
    buby
    16th Sep 2016
    11:06am
    i totally agree boof cut it off. NO more problems about where to stick it then!!!
    Suzie
    14th Sep 2016
    10:43am
    Of course they should be named , they have no rights to remain nameless , they are no better then a preying animal ,I agree castrate them or let them take their chances in prison with the other inmates , bet they wouldn't last a day
    FrankC
    14th Sep 2016
    12:00pm
    Yep, the person ( I won't say man, because he isn't a real man ) who took Daniel Morcombe is getting his just deserts in prison at the moment.
    Suzie
    14th Sep 2016
    10:46am
    I for one would love to see a national sex offender register
    marls
    14th Sep 2016
    11:58am
    Suzie
    It's a waste of time we have one in nsw but no one had access so what's the point these animals are protected by the gvt
    Gra
    14th Sep 2016
    6:21pm
    I don't think you will see a National Register because there are some offenders who know too much about some politicians and members of the legal fraternity.

    14th Sep 2016
    10:46am
    Of course he was right to name them you don"t want to live next to one, but I fear the lefties will hate him as usual human rights and all that crap. What sought of a person is this Michael Cope one needs to ask ?
    MICK
    14th Sep 2016
    3:29pm
    Lefties? You just can't help yourself can you robbo.
    The issue is the crime and this has NOTHING to do with either side of politics. If anything the legal system is the real culprit.
    Anonymous
    14th Sep 2016
    3:38pm
    Don"t you worry Mick the Left wing press like the ABC hate this bloke Hinch they support the scum he talks about.
    Kaz
    14th Sep 2016
    5:04pm
    Lefties, socialists, blah blah. You shouldn't generalise because those lefties are usually the ones who work with victims.
    Gra
    14th Sep 2016
    6:20pm
    Poor old Robbo, doesn't have a clue what he is on about so just goes for Labor supporters again. Makes you wonder who tells him which keys to press.
    Anonymous
    15th Sep 2016
    7:14am
    Gra are you on Hinchs list?
    ozirules
    14th Sep 2016
    10:58am
    Derryn was elected by Australians who were well aware of his intentions and who would be disappointed had he failed to fulfil his promise.
    Cant wait to see Jacqui, Nick and Pauline stir the possum. Far from being upset with maverick senators pushing the limits, I think the grey suited brigade needed a shaking up. Many Australians are fed up with the bullshit which emanates out of Canberra by self serving, party controlled, morally bankrupt pollies who treat the seat of our government like a schoolyard and are more intent on point scoring than looking after the interests of the people.
    I say good on you Derryn Hinch.
    MICK
    14th Sep 2016
    3:31pm
    Pretty well tells the story. The political elites are going to hate it but that is the result when you ignore voters for too long.
    Kaz
    14th Sep 2016
    5:06pm
    True. And he will be pushing the stop live export agenda given that the deputy PM is basically clueless and powerless.
    mIKER
    14th Sep 2016
    11:00am
    Senator Hinch made it clear that he would name names as part of his election platform and got elected. He is keeping his word.
    Civil libertarians and others may point out the potential for those with similar names to be victimized, but what about the real victims the kids whose lives are destroyed by those abhorrent child abusers? Surely they are the priority. Good on you Senator Hinch.
    bebby
    14th Sep 2016
    11:02am
    A sex-offender register may sound like a good idea, however how many people would or could access it. How easy for a convicted offender to change his or her name and appearance. Good for Mr Hinch, at least he is keeping his word on his election promise. I know it can't be done, but the authorities should lock them up and throw away the key.
    marls
    14th Sep 2016
    12:04pm
    Bebby we have a sex offenders register useless as tits on a bull no one has access but a very few limited people the only one we can access is church register 666
    Gabby
    14th Sep 2016
    11:16am
    It's really good to see a politician who is brave enough to speak his mind, and not worry about the next election, if he puts a foot wrong.
    Should be more like him in parliament!!
    MICK
    14th Sep 2016
    3:32pm
    Ditto.
    Babs
    14th Sep 2016
    11:21am
    Hinch definitely was correct in naming some pedefiles. They should all be named so that families can protect their children from these vile offenders. Spending time in gaol doesn't cure them and they come out after a short time and reoffend repeatedly. The more he names the better it is for society as a whole. Barb J
    Dallanhk
    14th Sep 2016
    11:22am
    Parliamentary privilege is a nonsensical concept that simply allows slander and liable to prosper without fear. This is why politics is full of lies and deceit.
    Batara
    14th Sep 2016
    11:37am
    I am not a lefty - I did my time in Viet Nam and sent more VC to meet their maker than I like to recall. Personally I would like to see paedophiles castrated with a rusty blunt razor blade. However, we aspire to live in a civilised country where the rule of law is trumps. We should not form lynch mobs and take the law into our own hands. I even read one person calling human rights "crap". Come on Aussies you are better than this.
    Anonymous
    14th Sep 2016
    4:17pm
    Obviously you think paedophiles have human rights I just wonder where your coming from Bastara perhaps having a bit each way.
    JAID
    14th Sep 2016
    4:53pm
    Well said Batara
    Olddog
    14th Sep 2016
    11:39am
    Well done Senator. Too many suppression orders and closed courts. Name and shame. Bring back the stocks and treat these vermin the way they should be treated.
    bartpcb
    14th Sep 2016
    11:43am
    Prisons, Police, Probation & Parole are all bound by Legislation NOT to reveal the identity of these predators. In many cases the restriction applies to revealing it to each other, with the very real threat of loss of employment and even prosecution. I know of cases where predators having been release from gaol have got jobs in Kindy Minding centres. Another where a police officer was prosecuted for revealing the information to another police officer making an enquiry. Another where Probation & Parole hired a private aircraft to fly a released paedophile to another town, because he was 'known' in the community into which he was being released. Another where a man was found guilty of 27 counts of child molestation and given a 'fully suspended sentence' and told not to get a job around children again. The man walked out of court a free man and went to Melbourne, where no one knows what he is. It's about time the Justice System actually did something to protect the children in our society.
    Aussiefrog
    14th Sep 2016
    11:44am
    Good job Derryn!
    Young Simmo
    14th Sep 2016
    11:46am
    I didn't vote for Darryn Hinch however, I agree 100% with his stand on child molesters. If it leads to some to action by Vigilantes, that will be ok by me because our Judges and magistrate don't have a clue as to what is justice.
    MICK
    14th Sep 2016
    3:33pm
    Or what community expectations are. That is where the real problem lies.
    Young Simmo
    14th Sep 2016
    3:43pm
    Yes Mick, ask a Judge what is worse, stealing $500 or bashing the living daylights of somebody? And the Judge will say Stealing $500 every time. You see stupid examples every week, and I reckon if half a dozen Judges got what the Morcombe killer got, it might change things a little.
    There, somebody had to say it.
    particolor
    14th Sep 2016
    8:18pm
    OH ! Your awake Derrin ! :-) Yes! Name the lot of them !! :-( :-(
    Army veteran
    14th Sep 2016
    11:48am
    Good on Senator Hinch for naming these criminals that are repeat sex offenders.
    I support the senator 100% because I am truly feed up with the civil libities mouth pieces that are constantly bleating nonsense for criminals and minority groups hell bent on changing things that are not acceptable for the majority.
    As a soldier I didn't got to war and fight for the support of repeat sex offenders but I sure as hell will fight now for federal naming as well as stricter restrictions and additional time in custody for those criminals as they do not deserve to be part of our free society.
    Troubadour
    14th Sep 2016
    12:22pm
    Good for you Senator Hinch and well said Army Veteran.
    Like you we too are totally fed up with all the civil lib, people
    and do gooders continually bleating and trying to protect these
    vile people. Name, shame and flog. My heart bleeds for
    the Morcombes and other parents who's children have been killed and or molested.
    fey
    14th Sep 2016
    12:21pm
    I think that Senator Hinch abused his power. Releasing the names of paedophiles had nothing to do with his government role as a senator in the Federal Parliament and he abused the parliamentary immunity.
    I would like to see a National Register of sex-offenders.
    But most of all I would like to have people with a sexual interest in children, identified and treated for this condition.
    JAID
    14th Sep 2016
    5:03pm
    Likewise on the National Register Fey. Another was concerned at name change but the processes could easily be linked so that the new name was placed in front of the old.

    It would likely be tedious and counterproductive for universal accessiblity to a register as addresses would have to be available for there to be any value in individual use of it and that would open the potential for vigilante action. However a register would provide vital information for those potentially introducing people to children or for addressing reasonable public queries.

    Likewise on treatment and somehow if possible a method enabling self recognition of the condition enabling rehabiltiation prior to offence.
    Franky
    14th Sep 2016
    8:11pm
    Thank you, a voice of reason in the wilderness of hatred

    14th Sep 2016
    12:22pm
    Hinch needs to stop making such breaches. He should be using his position to changed the laws that protect pedophiles. It's obvious there are pedophiles in high places for such laws to have been made in the first place. Hinch use your brains instead of your emotions.
    Anonymous
    14th Sep 2016
    1:14pm
    Well put jackie.
    MICK
    14th Sep 2016
    3:35pm
    The other side of that argument jackie is that Hinch will likely be the literal shag on a rock as I cannot see widespread support unless the media gets behind him. Remember gambling legislation in the Gillard years to protect gambling addicts from themselves? Never passed.
    Anonymous
    14th Sep 2016
    8:10pm
    jackie, you never wil make a better comment as you have made in these columns, hinch he is just another bigmouth, know-all and useless parliamentary mouthpiece who got no interest into changing the law unless he is it and a bit, just listen to his maiden speech is it any wonder Australia is going down the gurgle when voters vote in the likes of this self- righteous, useless ex radio announcers who promise you the world yet still lives in the past and got no intention to change the law in regard to sex offenders unless he can be the the one who put it up to parliament, hinch you did your time, it still did not improve your brains!

    14th Sep 2016
    12:25pm
    These bastards should be put on a national register for absolutely EVERYONE to see and know of their whereabouts. GO DERRYN!
    Julian
    14th Sep 2016
    12:46pm
    Democracy voted him in to represent those of similar values and opinion. He speaks not only therefore, for himself but many of whom agree or can't speak for various reasons. Good on him!

    How many would be alive if it wasn't for this crappy legal system protecting those from whom should be protected?
    KSS
    14th Sep 2016
    1:05pm
    I am all in favour of a national sex offender register. As it is now someone could be listed in one state and simply move to another to get a 'clean slate'. This is clearly wrong - as if a state/territory border would stop any recurrence of such behaviour.

    BUT who should be able to access the register and under what circumstances is rather more difficult to answer. Should it be open to all comers and risk possible vigilante action by the local community? Should it be open to landlords/agents renting out property say near schools and playgrounds? What about near the beach or sports ovals? What about property buyers - should they have access? What about any and all employers? After all both children and women have access to most workplaces these days (bring your child to work day!). McDonalds is dealing with this issue right now as one of those named works for them. What about the Executive Committee of strata premises? Should they know that one of their owner/occupiers or tenants (or someone about to buy in or rent) is on the register and if so, what do you expect them to do about it? What about people entering into relationships? Should they be able to checkout the prospective Romeo (or Juliette)?

    These 'people' have to live somewhere and after serving their sentences (assuming they have been tried and convicted) they also have the right to live somewhere - at least until they re-offend. And let's not forget that women can be sex offenders and child molesters too. Let's not get sucked into the 'all men are rapists' and 'all gay men are pedophiles' mindset.

    I don't think this is an easy question to answer, although of course the majority would have the same understandable emotional response that they don't want a registered offender in their street/unit block.

    Was Mr Hinch right to name names? Well I don't see what it achieved if some of those named are currently serving time. Those people are no immediate danger to the community. Also those whose names are under suppression orders probably should not have been included. There must have been a reason for the suppression order at the time it was made. Unless those reasons had changed no-one is above the law as Mr Hinch has previously discovered.
    Young Simmo
    14th Sep 2016
    2:25pm
    KSS, there is nothing wrong with Vigilantes cleaning up the mess our stupid Judges and Magistrates leave. There are many examples of the perverts getting out and doing it again, now if the 2nd victim was a Judges Grand child, I think we might see a bit more fairness .
    MICK
    14th Sep 2016
    3:38pm
    Live somewhere? NOT in Australia might be a good start.

    If your son were molested for years by one of these men I imagine you would want to give him a medal as well as anonymity?
    KSS
    14th Sep 2016
    9:12pm
    So Mick, where would you deport Australian citizens convicted of sex offences? Which countries would willingly accept a convicted paedophile or rapist of another country?

    And you need to be very careful when you make remarks about my (or anyone else's) family - about which you know nothing but clearly intend to insult. But just so you can be cleverly smug in your own little world, my sister was raped at age 12,(rapist never found) and two nieces were abused by their Mother's boyfriend at age 8 and 9 (sex abuser imprisoned for 2 years). And NO He was NOT given a medal but he does live in anonymity in a new town - his neighbours unaware of his history because his name was suppressed to protect my nieces from public scrutiny. So Mick I think I have a pretty good understanding of the issues at play here so just pull your head in and keep your smart Alec remarks to yourself.

    14th Sep 2016
    1:07pm
    ** offers voice of reason **

    What proof is there? I wonder why they haven't been charged if they are indeed paedophiles.
    Army veteran
    14th Sep 2016
    1:28pm
    They are CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS as was stated in the news article, and also said by the Senator.
    Kaz
    14th Sep 2016
    5:35pm
    And it is very very difficult to be convicted so that tells a story in itself. Many would have victims that they never admitted to as many victims never speak up. One paedophile said that to truly change, you must strip yourself to the ground and rebuild but that it's too hard to do for most. The answer unfortunately is supervision of your children and many are known to the family. Dont call it a sickness, because they will use that as an excuse not to change. It is a conscious choice and their victims are vulnerable.
    Anonymous
    15th Sep 2016
    5:13am
    Then why the Shaitan are they sitting in Parliament or whatever? How did they get past without public notice?

    I'm astounded that this could be allowed at all.

    Booted out immediately and stripped of all perquisites.

    Let me re-read that article.
    Anonymous
    15th Sep 2016
    5:16am
    OK - it DOES say 'convicted'... my mistake.

    So let's hear the details so that the public can judge. If as some say, this involves such things as 16 year old's or whatever having sex, perhaps that is different.

    For any predatory behaviour, there is no foregiveness.

    14th Sep 2016
    1:18pm
    I can't agree with Hinch. Sure, these blights on society deserve punishment and that is up to the courts to mete out, not vigilantes. What the victims have gone through is unimaginable and I feel for them and their families but Australia is a civilised country and the rule of law must be respected. As another blogger has suggested, Hinch should direct his energies to changing the laws, not riding his hobby horse.
    Poppysmum
    14th Sep 2016
    1:23pm
    What about a young man (possibly still a teenager) who unknowingly had sex with an under-age girl (she lied about her age). He goes on a sex offenders list!
    KSS
    14th Sep 2016
    1:28pm
    Or the just 18 year old girl whose boyfriend was 15 and a day short of his 16th birthday? Does she get put there too? She should if tried and convicted! Fine. But should all her future neighbours and employers know too?
    Anonymous
    14th Sep 2016
    1:35pm
    Thank you Poppysmum for bringing some reason to the discussion. What most here don't understand is that the sex offenders list is not a "one size fits all" list but has degrees of offending. Your post shows the lower end of offending whilst others in here have highlighted the very serious end. The answer obviously lies somewhere between but how do we decide who should be made public and who should remain hidden.
    MICK
    14th Sep 2016
    3:41pm
    Interesting scenarios and I certainly have no idea about how these would be viewed.
    I might suggest that the above cases would likely be viewed as relationships rather than paedophilia. Seriosuly 1 day either side of a line in the sand doth not a case make methinks......... Any legal opinions in the house?
    Anonymous
    14th Sep 2016
    3:52pm
    I agree Mick, the young people concerned were just being young people having a relationship, nothing much to do with the types of people who Hinch is outing. The difficulty will come when the civil libertarians will want their vile creatures classed the same as innocent hormone raging teenagers. Framing a law to cover all types is fraught with danger.
    KSS
    14th Sep 2016
    8:55pm
    Actually Mick they are NOT viewed as 'relationships' under law at all. There have been cases recently where the young girl's father discovered the relationship between his 15 year old daughter and a slightly older teenaged boy and had the boy prosecuted - successfully.

    Where a line is drawn, it matters not where, only that the line is drawn. If that line is crossed then the same punishment must apply to all. If that means being entered on a National Register then that is what will happen.
    Anonymous
    14th Sep 2016
    9:05pm
    You know KSS, I'm grateful for two things right now, firstly that I have never committed a crime and secondly, that if I had I didn't get you as a judge. The world is not black and white but differing shades of grey and there are times when leniency should be shown.
    Anonymous
    15th Sep 2016
    5:20am
    Old Man - I've many times stated that we live in a society run by criminals. Your never having committed a crime does not prevent you being accused.......

    Why do you imagine we have so many Royal Commissions into police, why are so many people apparently 'guilty' of such crimes as 'assaulting police' etc without any damage etc? Do you know how many 'criminal offences' exist that guarantee you can be 'guilty' for doing nothing?

    Why do I run Australia's Wrongfully Convicted? Why are the figures that up to 1-6 inmates in the US are 'wrongfully convicted' - a figure that from my experience and observation leaves Australia in the shade.
    terrib
    14th Sep 2016
    1:42pm
    We should have a register that anyone can check on. Surely our children have the right to be able to walk the streets safely without fear of assault.
    LadyLover62
    14th Sep 2016
    2:05pm
    D Hinche has always been a man who stood by his word, acted upon his passions & beliefs & prepared to pay the price for doing so. If only the other politicians stood so staunch we the public would have more faith in our leaders
    MICK
    14th Sep 2016
    3:42pm
    I always respected the man for speaking up for his convictions knowing full well that HE might be doing hard time, which he did. Go Derryn!
    Not Senile Yet!
    14th Sep 2016
    2:10pm
    He is fighting for the Victims....who are not protected like the Criminal Sex Offenders!
    There is a strong case for all Serial Sex Offenders to be made wear tracking devices and a list available to the Public. NOT Everyone....but Repeat Offenders.....as they are Serial Offenders!
    MICK
    14th Sep 2016
    3:43pm
    Ain't that the truth.
    bandy
    14th Sep 2016
    2:16pm
    Just a point of interest where I live a person has been detained by the local authorities on a pedophile charge he is 71 years of age & lived in Adelaide & was a person of interest to the police when the Beaumont children went missing.This guy left Australia set up a gay bar in a provincial city & I presume has preyed on the poor in this country. Fortunately there is or was an ex-army guy who is what I would call a pedophile hunter he looks for these lowlifes & reports them to the authorities
    The rumor is that he maybe extradited back to Aus.I guess the point Im trying to make if he was named & blamed he may not have got away with what he may have been up to here but of course he has to be proven guilty but there are so many innocents being abused.
    Just a point of interest.
    Wombat66
    14th Sep 2016
    2:54pm
    Definitely 100% correct Derryn. Keep up the good work

    14th Sep 2016
    3:10pm
    Hinch is one of the few politicians with good morale and ethical principles and one of the even fewer with the balls to state them. We need a national register for these paedophiles.
    MICK
    14th Sep 2016
    3:44pm
    And a national register to acknowledge decent pollies who have the backbone to say what is right rather than what will win votes.
    Nan Norma
    14th Sep 2016
    3:41pm
    I was about 15 when my family unknowingly moved next door to a paedophile. It did not take long for this man to sexually assault my younger sister and make sexual approaches towards me. Had we known we would never have moved there. We had to move house.
    A counsellor friend says these people never change.
    Julian
    14th Sep 2016
    3:55pm
    Young simmo: true.. its the same story. Until it happens to someone important, nothing will change
    red 1
    14th Sep 2016
    4:05pm
    Good on you Derryn, time we had an advocate like you!!
    Charlie
    14th Sep 2016
    4:21pm
    Certainly wouldn't want to have a name like Smith or Jones and there is a Smith or Jones convicted child sex offender. If you get the public trying to avenge these crimes, there is a big risk of mistaken identity. Child sex offenders look just like everyone else, but gays start to look like child sex offenders if you are trying that hard to find one.

    Also do the public get it, that he is talking about a convicted child sex offender. If the idea catches on, what may happen is "dob in anyone you think is a pervert" campaign.
    Jurassicgeek
    14th Sep 2016
    4:34pm
    he is right ...name shame ...what ever we have to do to rid us of these scumbags
    Young Simmo
    14th Sep 2016
    5:21pm
    China executes people for slinging mud and calling Politicians names, surely we could do the same to Child molesters. I'll bet 1000 to 1 that if execution was the price, the number of molesters would reduce The trouble is our Politicians would rather let Molesters carry on, it is easier for our Pollies.
    Hairy
    14th Sep 2016
    6:02pm
    Should always know the names of these predators and where they are at all times.hiding the truth is helping them ply there sickness.personaly they should be desexed or a labotomised
    Gra
    14th Sep 2016
    6:13pm
    Yes, good for Derryn Hinch. Members of the public have a right to know who the rock spiders are among them. Typical of the Council for Civil Liberties to be more concerned about the offender than their victims or potential victims. No wonder they are referred to as Snivel Libertarians.
    Nascar.
    14th Sep 2016
    7:09pm
    Thank God for people like Derrryn.Tihe idiots that suggest you're abusing your power???
    You'renot abusing yyour power, youreoe's using it to get a message across. That's his role!!!!!!!!!!
    We louuveu you and can't get enouogh of you. Now real politics beginsoku. Yiou lovely human headline. If the world was full of people like you it would be a better place.
    Nascar.
    14th Sep 2016
    7:15pm
    If there was a God, it should be named Derryn. Pauline and Chas
    Nascar.
    14th Sep 2016
    7:15pm
    If there was a God, it should be named Derryn. Pauline and Chas
    Franky
    14th Sep 2016
    8:09pm
    He's totally wrong! Child sex abuse is done by people who have been abused themselves, and they deserve our compassion not condemnation! Of course it is wrong, but these people need medical help and counselling, not prison terms! Where is our compassion????
    ozirules
    14th Sep 2016
    8:59pm
    are you saying that all child abusers were abused as children and that all children who were abused become child abusers themselves.....effing unbelievable......sod compassion, that's another example of protect the perpetrator and ignore the victim......child molesters deserve our condemnation and should be isolated from any future contact with children.....as a parent of someone who was abused let me say that the mongrel who did it got off lightly by dying before I found out.
    jamesmn
    14th Sep 2016
    10:35pm
    good on you deryn job well done full marks only this time they can't put you in gaol or home detention for naming and shaming these pedophiles the police and judges were weak as piss you should NEVER have been charged before at all. now we need something done about cardinal pell to force him to come back to Australia to face what he has done.he is not sick at all when the pope first came into power he told pell to come back to face the charges now he is not forcing him to do it he should be sacked straight away anyone who has a lapse of memory should not be in charge of the catholic churches finances this bloke(pedophile) could not lay straight in bed and should have been cast righted years ago look at all of the peoples lives he has wrecked give me 10 minutes in a cell with him no wonder people won't send their children to catholic schools.
    JAID
    15th Sep 2016
    8:56pm
    JamesMN,
    First my credentials. I am not catholic and have no interest in maintenance of catholicism receiving nothing of value from it.

    Cardinal Pell has never been found by a Court to be a pedophile. He has to my knowledge never been found to be aiding or abetting pedophilia. We run this country on the basis that our freedom is ours to enjoy until proven guilty of a crime serious enough that we limit that freedom. Likewise that our standing cannot be devalued until the same is the case.

    Your comments come from a deep held, justifiable repulsion for a crime but they are ill directed.

    Your declarations trample the liberty the nation strives to build; tread on dangerous defamatory ground.

    These casual fora don't negate responsibility.
    Charlie
    15th Sep 2016
    8:37am
    Your new pedo neighbour doesn't have to give his proper name to you. So the whole name thing doesn't achieve anything. Even when there is an address it can be changed frequently.
    When Mr Pedo does settle at a permanent address you can expect all kinds of hate mail, damage to the property he is renting, physical attacks. A person is punished by the court system, not by the public. If Mr Pedo is murdered the murderer will get life imprisonment, the same as any other murderer.
    Teddyboy.
    15th Sep 2016
    11:50am
    Good on Derryn. Not only should they be named but should be given the choice of being rendered impotent or locked up for life. No child should be the second victim of these dregs of humanity.
    KIS
    15th Sep 2016
    11:03pm
    I am so proud of Hinch. I wish there were more of him to expose how much is spent on defending convicted law breakers' rights & privileges, instead of, their victims & their families who are left with the lifetime physical & mental scars & wounds who are awarded minimal compensation. I agree with Kaz
    FEDUP
    16th Sep 2016
    8:17am
    Forget about whether he is right or wrong about naming names.
    How is it possible for this man to have been allowed to be elected, when he is a convicted lawbreaker and has spent time in Jail?
    The only reason he got out was to have a liver transplant because he is/was and will forever be an alcoholic.
    The only reason he got elevated on the que for the transplant was because he was in a government institution, and they have to give him priority service for illness.
    In my opinion he got in on the Donkey Vote.
    About time
    16th Sep 2016
    8:54am
    Good to see someone does not cover up these low life. Why not include the women who kill their new born babies and toddlers or older children. They are forever covered up by Police. Get a law passed heavy gaol term for a chid that is left in a car and dies or drowns in a pool unsupervised or killed in a driveway. Name William Tyrells foster parents. They are entitled to no privileges allegedly now knowing where their 3 year old foster child is. Getting taxpayer money to care for him.
    PIXAPD
    16th Sep 2016
    12:21pm
    There must be hanging of murderers, paedophiles and of those who would murder us in our own country (terrorists)

    17th Sep 2016
    2:09am
    To those who believe Senator Hinch misused his position when he named serial child sex offenders. Let us sincerely hope that no one in your family is ever subjected to this type of abuse. It actually changes a child's perspective on who can be trusted, it also makes the child believe these despicable acts are their fault. If you really believe this is of such little importance and the so called rights of these abusers are more important, you really need psychiatric help or you are one of these sexual predators. Which is it I wonder.
    PIXAPD
    17th Sep 2016
    10:58am
    As regards children; Yeshua said to his disciples, 'It is impossible that snares will not be set, but woe to that person who sets them. It would be to his advantage that he have a millstone hung around his neck and that he be thrown into the sea, rather then that he ensnare one of these little ones.' Luke 17:2

    I therefore encourage any children who are being molested by family members, pastor, police, priest, teacher or any other; that you be not afraid to, dob them in to the authorities, who are there to bring these godless, wicked evildoers to justice. I encourage any person who hears of this evil being done to also DOB in that wicked person.

    DOB IN A PAEDOPHILE

    Obey the Lord and wear a smile;
    Dob in a filthy paedophile.
    Be real quick do not delay;
    Dob in a paedophile today.
    Obey the Lord have peace the while;
    Dob in that wicked paedophile !
    Jurassicgeek
    19th Sep 2016
    11:05am
    ..all this would go away if we had the death penalty for these scumbags ........that is the only cure...
    Willfish
    20th Sep 2016
    1:24pm
    Yes, its about time that someone stood up to the blindsided legal system. Magistrates are mainly former defence lawyers who have spent all their lives looking for legal loopholes to help criminals avoid conviction (after all, that is how lawyers they get paid!!). Victims of childhood sexual abuse have to live with and suffer the devastating aftermath of these hideous crimes for the rest of their lives, while perpetrators so often get a slap on the wrist from the magistrate then protection by the government for the rest of their lives. It is about time we had someone with the guts and conviction to stand up to this gross injustice. Good on you Derryn Hinch. Keep going.


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