Radio and TV broadcaster Derryn Hinch is standing as a Senate candidate in Victoria for his Justice Party.
For decades he has campaigned over justice issues, especially involving children, and he is standing on this platform in his Senate campaign.
Thirty years ago Hinch went to jail for naming a paedophile priest, a convicted child rapist, still running a camp for kids in Victoria. A dramatic measure he felt necessary to take when the police, politicians and church leaders refused to take action to protect the children.
Since then, through radio, TV, his internet blog and social media, he has “become a lightning rod for victims and their families.”
He wore an electronic bracelet and spent five months under house arrest in 2012 for breaching suppression orders, naming two of Australia’s worst serial sex offenders, at a rally on the steps of Victoria’s Parliament House.
And, in 2014, he spent 50 days in jail – including two weeks in solitary confinement — for published comments about the Jill Meagher rape/murder case.
The Justince Party campaign literature says:
“Many of you joined him on his 10-day, 180-kilometer, Jail 2 Justice walk from Langi Kal Kal Prison to Victoria’s Parliament House.
“Hinch’s petition for a national public register of convicted sex offenders now has 160,000 signatures.
“Now he’s entering politics to make it happen, to ensure a safer Australia. You can help by voting 1 Hinch in the 2016 federal election.”