Federal Government planning longer jail terms for pedophiles

The Federal Government is planning to crack down on pedophiles with a series of tough new laws.

People who prey on children would face longer jail terms, mandatory minimum sentences and stricter supervision after release.

There have been calls for a publicly accessible sex offenders register but the government won’t commit to making information about offenders available.


Independent Senator, Derryn Hinch, is fighting for people’s right to know.

“If you knew a pedophile lived down the road, you wouldn’t let your children go and play down there,” he said.

“The next step is getting this on the Council of Australian Government’s agenda.”

When asked about the pubic sex offender list Justice Minister Michael Keenan dodged the question saying it wasn’t a federal issue.

“We have a national database of sex offenders which can be accessed by law enforcement,” he said.

“But it would be up to the states if they want to have one which is accessed by the public, I’ve never been one to lecture the states about what they should and shouldn’t do.”

The Minister believes the minimum sentence for child sex offenders should be 25 per cent of the maximum sentence.

In Queensland, this would mean the minimum sentence for sexual assault would be 2.5 years behind bars.

Under the proposed laws there would be tougher fines for online companies which do not report abusive material.

The government hopes to have the legislation passed by the end of the year.