Survivor network Beyond Abuse penned an open letter to Members of the Legislative Council (MLC) earlier this week, urging them to endorse the latest bill.Independent for Murchison Ruth Forrest has consistently opposed mandatory sentencing."I must say, this particular bill has challenged me much more than the others, because it is about children who are less able to stand up for themselves ...“Mr Brown was not just searching for child pornography …it came about by accident and then it was curiosity,” he said.His lawyer Chris Gunson SC told the court the 68-year-old kept the hard drive in a cupboard for two and a half years and did not view the images.Mr Gunson said his client was not part of a child exploitation group, and had been searching for adult pornography when he found the material online.Stricter rules limiting the movements of convicted child sex offenders are set to be introduced in Tasmania as the Government seeks to improve community safety.
Ms Ritchie said that was not the case interstate."Once you're convicted of abusing a child, you are automatically placed on a sex offender register for a determined period, depending on the nature of the crime," she said."It's not a discretionary matter.
The lawyer for a Hobart man who downloaded 37,000 child pornography images has called for him to be spared a prison term.