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Hinch breakthrough on passport ban for convicted paedophiles going on child rape holidays



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Senator D. Hinch

Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party - Senator for Victoria

MEDIA RELEASE

11 November 2016

HINCH BREAKTHROUGH ON PASSPORT BAN FOR CONVICTED PAEDOPHILES GOING ON CHILD RAPE HOLIDAYS

Senator Derryn Hinch has made progress in his bid to have passports pulled from convicted paedophiles to prevent them going on child rape holidays to Asia.

In the past week, Senator Hinch has met with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to discuss the issue.

“I was told that because I raised this disgraceful problem, the Government has set up a working group to develop new measures to stop child sex offenders getting on planes and going to countries like Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and especially Indonesia,” Hinch said.

“I’ll be working with the Government on new measures to pull their passports before they get on the plane.”

“We all owe a big thanks to Australian actress Rachel Griffiths who has been campaigning on this issue for years. At a Melbourne Press Club speech only weeks after I was elected, I received a hand written note from her, pointing out that if you are bankrupted in Australia, your passport is pulled for seven years. - Why not for child sex offenders? I’ve since found out from Federal Police, 800 convicted sex offenders travelled overseas, more than 300 of them went to South East Asia.”

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