Daniel’s Law — an update
I have previously written on the Sex Offender and Child Homicide Offender Public Website (Daniel’s Law) Bill, which was introduced in NT Parliament on 15 September 2015 and was due for debate in the November 2015 sittings of the Legislative Assembly. Daniel’s Law provided for the publication of certain offenders’ personal details (name, date of birth, details of the offence, photograph and location) on a website that will be accessible by the public. Criticism from stakeholders, such as the Northern Territory Criminal Lawyers Association and the Northern Territory Law Society, surrounded both the soundness of the policy and the government’s lack of consultation. The Country Liberal Party, now in a minority government, needed support from members of the Opposition and the independent members to pass the Bill.
On 27 November 2015, the Attorney-General, John Elferink, announced that, as a result of briefings and concerns raised by stakeholder groups, he would delay the introduction of the Bill. The Bill was withdrawn from the Legislative Assembly by the Attorney-General on 1 December 2015.