Derryn Hinch has used parliamentary privilege to name five sex offenders during his first speech in the Senate.
"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.
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.
Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.
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