Daniel’s Law in North­ern Ter­ri­tory

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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