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NT introduces website listing convicted sex offenders
Written by Aussie Mum Network
The Northern Territory this week becomes the first jurisdiction in Australia to introduce legislation to Parliament for a publicly accessible website featuring the details and locations of convicted serious sex offenders.
Serious child sex offenders will be listed on the site and include anyone convicted of the murder or manslaughter of children, as well as other reportable offenders who have absconded and whose whereabouts are unknown. The website will also include offenders who go to the Northern Territory and have equivalent convictions in other jurisdictions.
Daniel's Law was introduced into the Northern Territory Parliament this morning, and is named after Daniel Morcombe.
To coincide with the introduction of Daniel's Law, more than 140 children at Larrakeyah Primary School in Darwin are today learning first hand about their personal safety from Daniel's parents, Denise and Bruce Morcombe.
Denise and Bruce established the Daniel Morcombe Foundation in 2005 after their son Daniel was abducted and murdered by a convicted child sex offender in December 2003.
The Foundation is a testament to Bruce and Denise's love for their son and their tireless commitment to child safety. The Foundation educates Australian children on how to stay safe in both the physical and online environment and also supports young victims of crime.
"In delivering our safety messages, and Daniel's story, to students it provides a very real perspective where children now appreciate that sometimes in life trouble can find them," Denise and Bruce Morcombe said.
Any school and teacher has access to the Daniel's Child Safety Curriculum and vast amounts of free educational resources are available on the Daniel Morcombe Foundation website. The Foundation's National Awareness Day, Day for Daniel will occur on 30 October.
In outlining why the Northern Territory is taking this step, Attorney General and Minister for Justice John Elferink said:
"The introduction of Daniel's Law into Parliament today represents this Government's ongoing commitment to protect those who are vulnerable in our community and putting victims first. We want the community to be well informed and take necessary precautions to protect their children from predators."