Child Sex Offenders Could Face Life Behind Bars Under Newly Proposed Australian Laws

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
September 5, 2019 Updated: September 7, 2019

Shockingly, 28 percent of child sex offenders, or one out of nearly three pedophiles, convicted under Australian federal law in 2018 were not sent to jail. In the biggest overhaul of child sex crimes in 25 years, tough new laws will be introduced in Australian federal parliament next week. Under the new bill, convicted child sex offenders will face much tougher sentences—the worst pedophiles will be given life behind bars.

In a tweet, Attorney-General for Australia Christian Porter wrote: “Last year, 28% of child sex offenders convicted of federal offences did not spend one day in jail – that has to change.”

“And when jail terms were handed out, the average length of time that offenders spent in custody was just 18 months,” Porter said in a press release.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – JULY 2: Attorney-General Christian Porter speaks in the House of Representatives at Parliament House on July 2, 2019, in Canberra, Australia. (©Getty Images | Tracey Nearmy)

Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton revealed the number of child exploitation reports had nearly doubled to 18,000 in 2018 compared to 2017.

Speaking to Sunrise, Dutton said: “We’re concerned that one in three don’t end up in jail, and yet those who suffer from sexual abuse as children have a lifelong sentence.”

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 5: Peter Dutton, Minister for Home Affairs
and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection enters the House of Representatives before Question Time on Feb. 5, 2018, in Canberra, Australia. (©Getty Images | Michael Masters)

“Not going to jail for a crime of this type doesn’t reflect community expectations,” Dutton said. “We want judgements to reflect those community expectations, which is why we think mandatory sentencing is a very key part of it.”

He continued: “We need to lock up those people who are doing the wrong thing and send a very clear message that it’s unacceptable.”

The new law will leave judges no choice but to throw paedophiles behind bars for LIFE.

Posted by Daily Mail on Monday, September 2, 2019

To send “a very clear message of deterrence” for these despicable crimes, the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2019 will be introduced in Australian federal parliament on Sept. 11.

“The safety of our children should always be put first,” Porter tweeted. Hence, the new bill proposes that child sex offenders will face mandatory sentences, while the worst pedophiles will be sentenced to life behind bars.

If the new laws manage to pass, offenders will also find it harder to get bail or parole, and repeat offenders will have to stay in jail longer.

Dutton said in the press release: “The message we are sending to pedophiles is that it won’t matter how good their lawyer is, a prison cell will be waiting for them when they are convicted.”

The changes will “ensure that a jail term becomes the starting point for all child sex offenders, while maximum penalties will also be increased to better reflect the gravity of these types of crimes,” Dutton added.

Posted by The Carly Ryan Foundation Inc. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The government of Australia tried to pass such tough legislation with regard to child sex offenders in 2017, but the bill was blocked in the Senate.

Sonya Ryan, the mother of a 15-year-old schoolgirl named Carly Ryan, who was murdered by a 50-year-old pedophile by the name of Garry Francis Newman after befriending him online, however, is calling for an even tougher crackdown.

“We remain concerned the mandatory minimums in this bill won’t result in the harshest of penalties, especially when a guilty plea is entered which reduces the minimum,” Ryan said, according to MailOnline.

Protect our kids

Did you know 28% of child sex offenders sentenced in Australia last year did not serve one day in jail? That’s just not OK, not even close and it has to change. These offenders are the lowest of the low and we’re going to ensure they go to jail with new mandatory sentencing laws. We owe it to our kids to protect them. What’s more, the most serious offenders could be jailed for life under our new laws we’re going to introduce to Parliament next week.

Posted by Scott Morrison (ScoMo) on Monday, September 2, 2019