Australian MPs to debate law preventing registered paedophiles from leaving country

Australia's Julie Bishop to introduce law preventing registered paedophiles from travelling to find overseas victims

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made the announcement of the bill at a Canberra press conference

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lawmakers in Australia are to debate new legislation to prevent registered paedophiles from traveling overseas. 

The new bill was announced by Julie Bishop, the foreign minister, at a press conference in Canberra.

The law, if it is passed, is intended to prevent known child sex offenders from traveling outside of Australia to find victims.

It would allow criminal punishment to be handed down to convicted paedophiles who leave the country without the sanction of a "competent authority."

The law would provide Bishop with the power to refuse passports to this group of people.  

Bishop's bill, if it is legalised, would be the strongest sanction in the world against the child sex tourism industry.