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Bill of Rights blocks sex offender proposal

Author
Felix Marwick ,
Publish Date
Wed, 2 Dec 2015, 9:32am

Bill of Rights blocks sex offender proposal

Author
Felix Marwick ,
Publish Date
Wed, 2 Dec 2015, 9:32am

A National Party Members' Bill designed to crack down on child sex offenders has fallen foul of Bill of Rights requirements.

MP Jian Yiang's Bill would prevent offenders formally changing their names, a move to prevent them hiding their past.

However the Attorney General's ruled this would limit a person's right to freedom of expression and can't be justified under the Bill of Rights.

 

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