WA MP Steve Irons has called for the death penalty for paedophiles and people who continually abuse children
Do you agree with him ?
We here at FACAA believe in extremely harsh sentences for child abusers and sex offenders including prison terms for the rest of their natural life, without the possibility of parole and in our version “without the possibility of parole” means just that, never to be released.
Federal Western Australian MP Steve Irons has called for the introduction of the death penalty for paedophiles and “people who continually abuse children”. Mr Irons made the call during a debate in federal parliament on the introduction of laws to establish a compensation scheme for victims of sexual abuse.
The MP, who grew up as a ward of the state and has been a key campaigner for a redress scheme for victims of institutional child sex crimes, said he understood the idea wouldn’t get far, but it was still a “personal passion”.
Mr Irons said in an interview on Tuesday that both he and his wife grew up in families that suffered from either sexual or violent child abuse.
“We’re both strong believers that once an adult has crossed that line, it’s like crossing the Rubicon,” he said.
It is beyond incredible to hear of an MP with this type of background, who realizes that child abusers cannot be rehabilitated and is willing to speak out about it. We at FACAA salute you Mr Irons.
“Once they’ve done it, they’ll continue to do it no matter what and, whether it’s alcohol-induced or whatever it is, those children should never be returned to their abusers at all.
“What country in the world says the abuse and rape of a two-year-old child is acceptable?
“Everyone’s too scared to say, I don’t care what culture they come from, or what race or ethnicity they are, they need to go to jail for the rest of their life and never be in contact with a child ever again, or – should I say it? – put to death.”
In parliament, Mr Irons referred to the case of a seven-year-old girl who died in 2007 after her parents kept her as a prisoner in the filthy room where she “died a slow and torturous death”, according to NSW police.
“She wasn’t in an institution, but she starved to death in a home in New South Wales under the care of her own parents,” Mr Irons said in parliament. “We have heard the many stories about institutional child sex abuse over the last 10 years.
“They are often reflected in private homes around Australia as well, for which there is no form of redress at all under the system. After our achievement today [the introduction of a redress scheme], we need to look at child abuse in private homes and how the children continue to be returned to the abusers.”
On Tuesday Mr Irons said about child abuse,”It’s a dark, tragic shadow on the history of Australia”. “To me, the shameful thing is that it’s still happening,” he said. “It hasn’t only happened in institutions, it’s happened in family homes around Australia.
Wow, yet again an incredible insight into child abuse from an MP, I must say I am impressed.
“Some of the things fathers, step-fathers and even mothers have done to their own children in the supposed sanctity of their own home is terrible and it’s still continuing today.”
On Wednesday, Western Australia became the final state to join a $3.8 billion national redress scheme that will cover more than 90 per cent of eligible child sexual abuse survivors.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says WA Premier Mark McGowan had given him a firm commitment that the state will join the scheme.
A statement from federal opposition leader Bill Shorten said Labor was disappointed the redress scheme would start one year later than was recommended by the Royal Commission and that the cap on redress payments was lower than recommended.
Mr Irons said work had commenced on a national apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse, which Mr Turnbull would deliver later this year.
We at FACAA have heard from many, many survivors of non-institutional child sexual abuse who feel like they have been forgotten.
The national apology and redress scheme is a big step forward, but it will still be focused solely on those who are survivors of institutional abuse. Those who are survivors of non-institutional abuse will still be left feeling a little forgotten.
However it still should be treated as a great step forward for survivors of child abuse.
If only every MP thought like this, FACAA may not even need to exist. Sadly, he is the exception to the rule and very far from the majority like he should be.
So what do you think FACAArmy? What are your thoughts on paedophiles, repeat child abusers and the death penalty.
Even though we are well aware there is very little chance of having this brought in legally due to the fact that consecutive bi-partisan governments have rejected the idea, we would love to know your opinions.
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