Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Amendment Bill 2011

Written on the 1 July 2012

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) — I am also pleased to rise and speak on the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Amendment Bill 2011. I thank both Ms Pulford and Ms Hartland for their support for this important bill. As Ms Pulford highlighted, it is an important matter; it goes to the heart of community safety. She highlighted the principal act and the concerns that that act addressed. This is addressing some technical amendments in relation to the principal act. I thank them for their support.


As many members know, sex offences are viewed as extremely serious and at times very heinous crimes. We must do what we can to protect the most vulnerable in our community. Without going into too much detail, those who are most vulnerable can be young children, both male and female; young adults, male and female; and adults, male and female. They can be adversely affected by sex offenders, and those most vulnerable can suffer much psychological and physical trauma. They can include people with a disability and the frail, who can also be victims of sex offenders. As a government and as legislators we must do what we can, as Ms Pulford rightly pointed out, to protect those people within our community.


As has been said in the other house, this bill deals with some technical amendments. There have been many reports about concerns in the community about this matter. There was a research paper on recidivism of sex offenders undertaken by the Sentencing Advisory Council in January 2007. It goes to some very interesting aspects in relation to recidivism. Like the opposition and the Greens, this government recognises that any degree of recidivism by the small group of serious sex offenders cannot be tolerated. So it is imperative that appropriate legislative responses are available to protect people in the community and to rehabilitate those offenders where we can. We must do whatever we can to keep those offenders in safe housing, to keep them away from their victims and to reassure the community that we have safe and strong laws in place to ensure that that occurs.


I will not go into the details of this bill. In his second reading speech the minister outlined the technical aspects very succinctly. Ms Hartland and Ms Pulford have indicated that they are pleased to support this bill, and I think that is what is required at this point in time.


Just in summary, the bill amends the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009. It amends the Civil Procedure Act 2010 so that the act does not apply to proceedings under the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009. It also amends the Disability Act 2006 so that treatment plans under that act must be consistent with supervision orders made under the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009.


The bill will modify the obligations that apply to offenders subject to interim supervision orders; suspend the requirement to apply for a review of an order if an application to renew an order has been made; suspend the requirement to apply for a review if the offender is held in custody on remand; clarify the process for making interim orders to increase flexibility and efficiency; allow nominated senior police to dispense with the notice period that is required if an offender is to be charged with the offence of breaching supervision order conditions; broaden and clarify the existing information sharing provisions; amend the parts of the principal act that apply to offenders who are subject to orders made under the Serious Sex Offenders Monitoring Act 2005; clarify when interim detention orders can be made; and, as I said, clarify the relationship between the principal act and the Disability Act 2006 and the Civil Procedure Act 2010.


In conclusion, I thank those opposite and all members of the house for their support of the bill.

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