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Aussie Parents Promised Photos of Sex Offenders in Their Suburb

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Aussie Parents Promised Photos of Sex Offenders in Their Suburb

Victorian parents would be able to obtain photos of serious sex offenders in their neighbourhood under a policy proposed by the state’s opposition.

The radical coalition plan would allow concerned parents to apply to an official body to see photographs and other details of high-risk sex offenders living in their area.

“This policy is about protecting Victorians from the worst of the worst sex offenders,” Opposition Leader Matthew Guy told Seven Network on Sunday.

“I think Victorians have a right to know if those people are living in their suburb.”

Under the proposal, parents will be able to apply for details of nearby sex offenders as well as details of certain known offenders, Seven reports.

There will reportedly be heavy penalties for anyone who republishes the photos or takes vigilante action against offenders.

The state government said sweeping reforms had already been made in this area to keep Victorians safe, following the Harper Review into managing serious sex offenders.

But it said if police believed such a policy would improve community safety, then it would be examined with them.

“As we have always said, we will give Victoria Police whatever powers and resources they need to keep Victorians safe,” a government spokesperson said in a statement.

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