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Paedophile Register To Be A National Model



A PEDOPHILE register will be operating in South Australia by the end of the year.
State government officials are already discussing the establishment of the register with interstate police and government officers.
Government sources said the issue was discussed at a top-level meeting in Melbourne this week. It is understood the state register will be a model for a national scheme. The register was recommended by the recent Layton inquiry into child protection along with another recommendation for background checks on all people working with children.
The Government is also likely to consider stricter parole conditions for paedophiles under proposed changes to laws governing the release of parolees.
Premier's Department chief executive Warren McCann is examining possible changes to parole laws as a result of a Government decision to reject a Parole Board recommendation that a convicted race killer be released.
Board chairwoman Frances Nelson. QC. has called for changes, pointing out that many people released on parole, including paedopliles do not have to go before the board before being released.
She said this week that paedophiles sentenced to less than five years' jail were automatically paroled without going before the board.
It is understood the Government will push for changes to the law to ensure convicted paedophiles and other similar child sex offenders will not receive automatic parole and will have to go before the board.
Premier Mike Rann said yesterday he strongly supported the Layton report recommendation for a paedophile register.
"But in order to be effective it will have to be nationally based." he said.
"Otherwise we would see paedophiles crossing borders from other states to slip through the net."






Adelaide Advertiser (1-5-2003)
Greg Kelton-State Political Reporter





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