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Derryn Hinch Names Five Paedophiles In His First Parliamentary Speech

"I won't be politically correct."

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Derryn Hinch has used parliamentary privilege to name five sex offenders during his first speech in the Senate.

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The self-described "Human Headline" promised to "name and shame" sex offenders in his first speech to the 45th parliament – and he did just that.

"It might make it easier to name names without an ankle bracelet," Hinch joked, referring to his time in home detention.

He named five men and their alleged crimes, including one man who was born overseas whom he called to be deported to his country of birth.

Hinch said he chose to name the "human vermin" to protect the children they prey on.

The Victorian broadcaster turned federal politician has a history of "naming and shaming" paedophiles.

In 2011 he spent five months in home detention and was banned from broadcasting after breaching court suppression orders by naming sex offenders.

He went to jail for 55 days in 2014 for contempt of court after he published the criminal history of Adrian Bayley, the man convicted of murdering Jill Meagher, on his blog.

Hinch said he was inspired to create the Justice Party after his convictions, and hopes he can get crossbench support for judicial reform.

"I won't be politically correct," he promised.

After his speech Hinch told journalists he was confident he didn't misuse parliamentary privilege or break any suppression orders.

"Haven't abused it at all," he said. "Used it properly. Proud of it and will do it again."

"I spent a career keeping the bastards honest as a journalist. I will continue to do so as a senator...if I can manage to stay awake," Hinch said, referring to the fact that he fell asleep during his first day on the Senate benches.


Under the rules of parliamentary privilege, senators have immunity and can't be sued or prosecuted for what they say on the floor of the house.

Naming sex offenders isn't a new phenomenon – Nick Xenophon made sexual abuse allegations about a Catholic priest in 2011. The person was investigated by police but never charged.

Hinch's Justice Party campaigned during the election for a public register of convicted sex offenders via a website and an app that would list names, addresses, police records, and photographs of offenders.

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The senator argued that the public has right to know who lives next to them and said state sex offender lists are “unworkable".

"It's incomprehensible to me we don't have these laws in Australia," Hinch said.

"You have the right to know who he is, what he looks like and more importantly, where he is."

He suggested naming the reform "Daniel's Law" after Daniel Morcombe, a 13-year-old Queensland boy who was murdered in 2003.

Hinch said: "I won't give up until [this law] is in Australia."

Hinch also wants convicted paedophiles to have their passports confiscated so they can’t commit crimes in South East Asia and “buy” children.

During his 45-minute speech he also praised NSW premier Mike Baird's greyhound racing ban, spoke about organ donation and and reforms to senate photography rules, and quoted The Castle, The King and I, Network, and Romeo & Juliet.

Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.

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