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LISA MILLAR: Victoria's worst sex offenders will face severe restrictions and monitoring in a new
state government crackdown.

The Brumby Government will extend its current supervision orders to offenders who've attacked
adults.

The government says being able to limit offenders movements and where they can live after they've
finished serving their sentence will protect the community but civil liberty groups say it goes too
far.

Rachael Brown reports.

RACHAEL BROWN: Sex offenders who commit crimes against adults, and who are categorised as
particularly dangerous, will now face similar scrutiny to those sex offenders who've assaulted
children.

JOHN BRUMBY: The evidence suggests that there are some individuals who've committed the worst sex
crimes against adults who, despite the fact that they've served their term, also pose some risk to
the community upon release.

RACHAEL BROWN: The Victorian Premier, John Brumby, says the system monitoring child sex offenders
has been effective, so he wants to build on it.

Under the new laws, serial rapists could be made to wear electronic bracelets or be confined to
houses within prison walls.

Mr Brumby has told the Fairfax News Network the laws will target those who've served their time,
but who continue to pose a risk.

JOHN BRUMBY: There will be a range of mechanisms including reporting, not being able to move house,
informing the department if you are proposing to move interstate.

RACHAEL BROWN: He says the orders will only apply to a handful of offenders.

The Crime Victims Support Association's Noel McNamara is applauding the extension of the orders.

NOEL MCNAMARA: We welcome it with open arms. It's been a long time coming. You know we pushed for
10 years just to get the sex offenders registry. Not for the children but we knew we were pretty
close on this by the way things have been going with Mr Baldy and other ones that have been,
"Witch" Fletcher and those sort of people.

RACHAEL BROWN: And is it just as important, if not more so, to have these orders covering adult sex
offenders?

NOEL MCNAMARA: I think it's more so because you know, you've got many repeat rapists and one that
comes to mind, well several really, but the one that comes to mind is the Armadale rapist. When he
was released, myself and some policeman that dealt with the case both said that he would re-offend
within six months and I think it took him about three months to re-offend so.

RACHAEL BROWN: Would you like to see these orders extended nationally?

NOEL MCNAMARA: Oh most certainly. It is definitely something that should be a national thing. These
people move around from state.

RACHAEL BROWN: But Liberty Victoria is angry that neither it nor other civil liberties groups have
been consulted

BRIAN WALTERS: It raises serious issues under the charter of human rights and responsibilities. No
case has been made out that move is proportionate and necessary to the objectives involved and it
clearly does not support rehabilitation and reintegration into the community.

RACHAEL BROWN: The immediate past president of Liberty Victoria Brian Walters SC says the proposed
new laws first need to be thrashed out.

Premier Brumby knows the new laws will stir debate, but he says they're necessary

LISA MILLAR: Rachael Brown reporting.