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Protecting Children From Online Predators

My Government is resolute in its commitment to protect children from sexual abuse. For too long, people who sexually abuse children have been receiving grossly inadequate sentences.


It is completely unacceptable that, in 2018-19, 28% of convicted Commonwealth child sex offenders did not spend a single day in prison. Last year the AFP received almost 18,000 reports of child exploitation involving Australian children or Australian child sex offenders. This number has almost doubled from the previous year.


It is time to send a clear message to perpetrators that their behaviour will not be tolerated. This is why we introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2019 last week.