The Senate unanimously passed a bill yesterday which gives the public the right to access a sex offender website providing names, photographs and date of birth of convicted sex offenders.
All present in the chamber supported the Sexual Offences Amendment which was passed 28 for, none against.
In piloting the measure, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi explained that the current sex offenders register would be deleted and replaced by two registers—a National Sex Offender register which is a non-public register (and which would have all the particulars about the person) and a public sex offenders website, which the public can access.
The Attorney General said the website would contain the “locality” of the sex offender, but not the specific address “to avoid victimisation”.
The website however will not include persons retroactively and will