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Question Without Notice No. 1194 asked in the Legislative Council on 22 October 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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CHILD SEX OFFENDER — PETER WALLACE HILL

1194. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Child Protection:

I 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 family concerned?

(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?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(5) As 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.

The 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 the community.