CHILD SEX OFFENDER —
PETER WALLACE HILL
1194. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Leader of the House representing
the Minister for Child Protection:
refer to recent reports that child sex offender Peter Wallace Hill, who was
jailed for four years over a series of child sex offences around the
Busselton region, has been released by the Prisoners Review Board after just
two years in jail, and reports of the horror and revulsion of the family of the
young sex abuse victim after learning that the offender is set to live close to
where the boy still resides.
(1) Has the minister spoken to the
Attorney General about this case?
(2) If yes to (1), when?
(3) Has the minister spoken to the
(4) If yes to (3), when?
(5) What steps is
the minister taking to ensure that the safety of the young victim is put first
and that no further harm is caused to the victim by contact with the offender?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
the Minister for Child Protection, I am aware of the recent reports about this
matter and that there are no immediate concerns in relation to the child
protection portfolio. I understand that the Attorney General has asked the
Acting Commissioner for Victims of Crime to liaise closely with the family and
to continue to support them. The Department of Communities respects the private
family life of the young person and does not comment on individual cases.
Department of Communities continues to take the necessary steps to
appropriately protect and support children.
Whenever concerns for child safety are raised, the Department of Communities
works with the WA Police Force to ensure that they are investigated and,
if required, acted upon immediately. The Department
of Justice and WA police are responsible for managing the risk of offenders in