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Monday, 20 August 2018
Page: 7667

Child Sexual Abuse

Dear Mrs Wicks

Thank you for your correspondence of 21 June 2018 regarding petition EN0556 and tougher penalties for child sex offences, including the death penalty.

As a party to the Second Optional Protocol to the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the Death Penalty, Australia has committed to opposing the death penalty.

However, the Government remains strongly committed to ensuring that child sex offenders are sufficiently punished and deterred from future offending. That is why the Government has introduced a broad package of reforms to protect our community from child sex offenders in Australia. online and abroad.

The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2017, currently before the Senate, seeks to address this issue by introducing increased maximum penalties; presumptions in favour of actual imprisonment and cumulative sentences; and mandatory minimum sentences for the most serious Commonwealth child sex offenders and repeat offenders.

In addition to legislative reforms, in March 2018, the Government established the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation, which will create a national hub of expertise, skills and capabilities to disrupt, prevent and investigate child abuse.

Thank you for bringing this petition to my attention.

Yours sincerely

from the Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Mr Dutton