LNP and Labor MPs have voted down a bill to set up a convicted sex offenders register as the government waits for a review into WA’s register.
Queensland’s parliament has voted down a bill to set up a convicted sex offenders register.
Katter’s Australian Party MP Shane Knuth introduced a bill on Wednesday night to allow the police commissioner to publish information about sexual deviants.
“People want to know whether dangerous sex offenders are working in their kindies or their schools or are involved in the BMX club,” he said.
“Is that too hard? It is quite simple. We have introduced this legislation to fill the gap that exists.”
But Police Minister Jack Dempsey said Police Commissioner Ian Stewart was already allowed to publish information about high-risk offenders.
The Queensland government is awaiting the findings of a review into Western Australia’s register, which requires the public to apply for details of dangerous offenders in their area.
“It is important for a fulsome review to be conducted, and that is why I look forward to hearing the results of the evaluation of the Western Australia model,” Mr Dempsey told parliament.
Despite cross-bench support, Mr Knuth’s bill was voted down by 64 government MPs and eight Labor members.
Last week, broadcaster Derryn Hinch discussed the idea of a register with Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie in Brisbane.