Joint statement from LNP Shadow Police Minister Dan Purdie and LNP Shadow Minister for Child Safety Stephen Bennett

“I congratulate Bruce and Denise Morcombe OAM for being named 2020 Queensland Greats,” Mr Purdie said today.

“Their relentless fight for child safety has been instrumental in better educating parents and school children about stranger danger across the country.

“Media reports today of Bruce Morcombe criticising state and territory leaders for refusing to establish a national public register for child sex offenders is absolutely warranted.

“The Federal Government provided $7.8 million over four years in last year’s budget for the states and territories to set up the register but there has been little progress.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has failed to show leadership and has repeatedly baulked at the concept.

“Only the LNP is committed to establishing a public child sex offender register, so parents know if someone poses a danger to their children, in their street or in their suburb.

“As a former detective working in the children protection unit for Queensland Police for more than 20 years, tougher and responsible laws are needed to protect kids and empower parents.”

Mr Bennett said the LNP had committed to major child-safety reforms* to deliver a new public child sex offender register.

“The only way a child sex offender registry will be delivered in Queensland is to change the government.

“Protecting children is more important than protecting the privacy of paedophiles.

“We must do everything to keep our kids safe and stop sexual predators from preying on them.

“Queenslanders have the right to this information, but the Palaszczuk Labor Government says no.”

*The LNP’s plan would provide parents with access to three tiers of information on sex offenders:

Missing Offenders’ Register – Photos and personal details of offenders who fail to report to police and whose whereabouts are unknown will be published online for access by the public.

Local Offender Search – Parents will be able to search their suburb and adjacent suburbs to view photographs of child sex offenders living in their community. Importantly, anyone accessing this information will face a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment if they harass a listed offender or distribute their photograph or personal details.

Community Protection Disclosure Scheme – Parents or guardians will be able to apply to the police to inquire if a person who has regular, unsupervised contact with their child is a reportable sex offender. Anyone who uses false information to request a disclosure or misuses information provided by police could face seven years’ imprisonment.