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MP wants to list sex offenders

Geoff Provest.
Geoff Provest. File

TWEED MP Geoff Provest wants a register of sex offenders released to the public so Tweed residents "know who their neighbours are".

The comments come after Mr Provest backed proposed NSW legislation to restrict serious offenders from legally changing their names without permission from the Commissioner of Police and the Commissioner of Corrective Services.

However, Mr Provest said re- stricting name changes wasn't enough and he wanted complete transparency.

"I'd be concerned if these people were living down the road," he said.

"I have very little sympathy for them; the scars they leave are forever."

Currently, only police are made aware of an offender's address after release from prison.

Mr Provest said he understood it was not as simple as just releasing a list to the public, but said something had to be done.

"We have to protect our children," Mr Provest said.

"We need further discussion on this."

Mr Provest cited the case of a Kempsey woman who realised convicted child killer Austin Allan Hughes was living with her family and dating her daughter under his new name Blain Lopez Smith.

He has since been charged with breaching the Child Protection Act.

NSW Council of Civil Liberties spokesman David Bernie warned releasing the addresses of convicted sex offenders would only encourage people to take the law into their own hands.

"The release of this information has led to some pretty awful vigilante action," Mr Bernie said.

 

'Sack Provest': Opposition

NSW Opposition leader John Robertson has demanded Tweed MP Geoff Provest be sacked from his parliamentary secretary positions over claims he accepted an illegal donation.

Mr Robertson has revealed Mr Provest received a $2500 donation from Power Property Trust, which he says breaches rules banning MPs from accepting donations from property developers.

However Power Group boss James Power said he was not a property developer.

:It's not our line of work," Mr Power said.

"We certainly own property in Queensland. We don't develop it as such. We may one day in the future, but we haven't developed any property to date."

Both conceded the donation "inadvertently" breached a $2000 cap on donations, and Mr Provest said he "revoked the appointment" of a volunteer in his office over it.

Premier Barry O'Farrell has said he would get further advice from the Election Funding Authority and the Electoral Commissioner.

Topics:  geoff provest, mp, residents, safety, sex offender



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