In a move that most right wing libertarians are applauding tonight, the Australian government has released a proposal requiring all pedophiles and sex offenders to register their own page on social networking site MySpace.
Phillip Ruddock, Attorney General, has called for the parliament to accept the proposal when it returns to debate in 2007.
The proposal will see that all offenders listed in the national child and sex offenders database, will have 28 days from the time they re-enter the community to register their own page on MySpace listing their heinous crimes and what they are doing to right their wrongs.
Ruddock stated in a press conference today that the move will provide the community with a 2 fold safety mechanism, while allowing the offenders to share their guilt publicly.
“This is a naturally a great concept. For once the public will be able to see what heinous crimes these people have perpetrated against our community. And then our own citizens will be able to follow these people through cyber-space and keep a watchful eye on them.”
“We all know that sex offenders always re-commit, so if they are exposed in the first place in a public forum then the chances of them re-committing may be reduced. And if the programme works, then we will be able to save on resources in the Australian Federal Police force in sitting around chat forums pretending to be ten year old girls to catch these perverts.” Ruddock claimed today.
“To balance the fine edge of the legal sword that dangles here, MySpace offender sites will also allow those offenders riddled with guilt over their crimes the ability to share their ongoing illness with the community in a view to redeeming themselves”, Ruddock added.
Amanda Vandstone, Minister for Immigration has stepped up in support of the proposal.
“Quite clearly, the MySpace offenders proposal is one born with merit. If members of our community can have a go at helping law enforcement monitor perverts in our community, then this empowers our nation against these offenders.” Vandstone stated.
“And look, if the programme is successful, then we may extend the programme even further and require all detainees in Immigration detention centres to register their own MySpace page. That way, all Australians could lend a hand in keeping an eye on these new arrivals, should they escape in to society or breach conditions of their stay.” Vandstone added.
MySpace were unavailable for comment on this story.