Opinion

Derryn Hinch deserves to be supported in his campaign

SAFETY is a human right.

So why do I feel like I can't go for a walk after dusk?

Why do I check the back seat of my car every time I get in?

Why do I steer clear of strangers and triple check that I've locked every door of my house when I go to bed?

As a society, we have accepted that the world is a scary place, with bad people in it.

We have created a culture of fear - but it doesn't have to be like that.

I am in full support of Derryn Hinch's push to get a national public register for sex offenders (see story on here).

Sometimes not knowing is scarier than knowing.

If you are aware there is a dangerous sex offender living in your area, you can make informed choices about your actions.

Many people will argue that everyone deserves a second chance.

But as Rockhampton's Anne O'Connor said, some crimes don't deserve a second chance.

Sexual assault, rape, indecent treatment of children - these are unspeakable crimes carried out by people who sometimes just can't be rehabilitated.

I'm not saying lock them up forever and throw away the key, but does it really make sense to protect these people?

What about protecting our children? Isn't that a more worthy objective of our criminal justice system?

How many more Brett Cowans are walking our streets right now, looking for their next victim?

That's definitely something I'd like to know.

So good luck to Mr Hinch.

Topics:  derryn hinch, jail to justice walk, pedophile



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