The New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties Inc [NZCCL] welcomes the opportunity to present a submission on this Bill, and I make this submission on behalf of the Council.
This Bill contains a proposal which is designed to reduce the risk of serious harm to children from known child sex offenders living in the community. This is to be given effect to by the creation of a child sex offender register.
The Regulatory Impact Statement acknowledges that there is limited research evidence available from other jurisdictions about the effectiveness of such registers. Accordingly no estimate of the value of the anticipated benefits has been possible. It seems clear that this is virtually a “blue skies” approach, and one might be excused for thinking that, without the provision of substantial additional assistance for those whose names will appear on the register, the proposal is directed towards significant further restrictions on a small group of individuals for whom there is in general little public sympathy.