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Abstract

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The words 'Dob in this monster' appeared in large print on the front page of The Gold Coast Bulletin on 2 July 2008 following the release of Dennis Ferguson the previous day. Many would say that these headlines and the sentiments expressed within such articles are representative of the community’s outrage towards the legal inadequacies in Queensland of dealing with sex offenders. At the risk of offending the 'community' and being unpopular for advocating an alternative viewpoint, it appears that education about the law in this area is sorely needed. The purpose of this article is not to defend Ferguson (he has his own lawyers for that), or others of his ilk. It is to ensure that the discussions that occur in homes, schools and workplaces are informed ones based on knowledge of the correct facts and relevant law.



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