Decision Maker Response

Nick Xenophon’s response

Jun 30, 2016 — I will renew my push for ‘Carly’s Law’ - aimed at internet predators of children, and will call for a national review of the adequacy of penalties imposed on serious child sex offenders, and the conditions of their release in the community, if re-elected.

On the 20th February 2007, 15-year-old South Australian Carly Ryan was the first Australian to be murdered by an internet predator, Gary Newman, who lied to Carly about his age and identity online to lure her to her death.

The Carly Ryan Foundation Inc., established by Carly’s mother Sonya Ryan, has been supporting legislation I introduced twice in 2013, that would make it an offence for an adult to lie online about their age and identity to a child and attempts to meet that child.

Incredibly, the major parties have shown a lack of political will to tackle this serious issue.

The Foundation has also called for a review of penalties imposed on child sex offenders, the conditions of their release in the community and the adequacy of current community safeguards, as well as the interaction between the states and the Commonwealth on this issue.

I will also work with The Carly Ryan Foundation to develop an effective national serious child sex offender register with community protection as the principal aim.