Opposition Critical of Government’s Sex Offender Laws as Government Votes Down Changes

The State Opposition has criticised the McGowan Government over its sex offender’s laws after it was revealed a dangerous sex offender from Geraldton is in Perth because Government officials could not guarantee his safety.

Shadow Attorney General Michael Mischin said the State Government had “let the public down most grievously” ahead of debates over changes to its Dangerous Sex Offenders Act on Thursday.

“While in opposition, they whipped up as much fear and anxiety on the part of the community as they possibly could in order to criticise the way we were dealing with this problem,” Mr Mischin said.

“Legislation that they put forward recently that they claim would’ve fixed this problem falls far short of that.”

Amendments to the Dangerous Sex Offender legislation first introduced by Labor while in opposition were voted down on Thursday.

It comes as the offender, known as DAL was temporarily moved to a house in Perth after his Geraldton address was revealed.

Details of the metropolitan address have been suppressed.

Attorney General John Quigley was forced to reveal details of the change in Parliament during question time after speculation that DAL would not be moving to Geraldton.

Mr Quigley said yesterday the conditions including constant GPS monitoring meant he would watched “like a hawk”.

“He was to be released into the township of Geraldton, there was a suppression order made as to his exact residence in Geraldton,” Mr Quigley told Parliament.

“Somehow that got out, someone didn’t obey the Supreme Court suppression order in relation to that address, and many media attended that address.”

“It became impossible to manage the offender at that address.

Shadow Police Minister Peter Katsambanis said after the McGowan Government voted down the amendments the government “failed the people of Western Australia.”

“Obviously someone calling the shots within the McGowan Government has had cold feet,” he said.

He said Labor’s tough talk against sex offenders was “not good enough.”

“If this government is serious, they will honour their own commitments and support these amendments, he said.

“They have to deliver legislation that will actually work.”

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