Daniel’s Law in Northern Territory
THE Northern Territory will become the first Australian state or territory with a publicly accessible register of sex offenders.
The soon-to-be introduced “Daniel’s Law Bill”, named after Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe who was abducted and killed in December 2003, is intended to provide the public with basic information of serious sex offenders.
Daniel’s parents Bruce and Denise Morcombe fully support the move, and said it is “about educating the public who’s in their area”.
The register would include their name, aliases, photo, description and the region they reside.
Daniel’s Law is modelled on Megan’s Law in the United States, which was established in New Jersey in 1994 and became federal law in 1996 after the sexual assault and murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka.
Morcombe family lawyer Peter Boyce has also publicly backed the move.