Government defends rights of sex offenders

Daily Telegraph

February 29, 2012

THE rights of vulnerable children have to be balanced with the rights of pedophiles when it comes to naming sex offenders, the Victorian government says.

One of the 90 recommendations of an inquiry into the state’s child protection system was to change the law allowing for the identities of child-sex offenders to be suppressed by the courts.

Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge said while she had personal sympathy for the recommendation, pedophiles’ rights had to be considered.

“We have to balance the rights of children and families also with … the rights of pedophiles,” she told Fairfax Radio today.

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