Sex offender who targeted female GPs named in Parliament
The identity of a convicted sex offender believed to be serially booking appointments solely with female GPs has been revealed in federal Parliament, despite a court order preventing authorities from naming the man.
AMA Victoria urged GP practices in Melbourne to stay on the alert following a string of complaints from female GPs who had allegedly been placed in "dangerous and unacceptable situations" by a male patient.
The 40-year-old, who is being housed in a facility for sex offenders in the state's west, had been requesting appointments with female GPs only.
Now Victorian Senator Derryn Hinch has used parliamentary privilege to break the order and name the man, claiming female GPs are at risk and need to be told of the man’s identity to protect themselves.
Mr Hinch told the Senate on Tuesday: “Although he has a history of raping, stalking and assaulting women, court orders — which I believe to be dangerous, irresponsible, court orders — prevent the AMA from revealing his identity to medical centres so they can stop these appointments.
“You have to ask: why are a rapist's rights more important than a victim's or a possible victim's rights?”
Australian Doctor cannot repeat the man’s name for legal reasons.
But the former shock jock, who has been imprisoned twice for revealing the identities of sex offenders on his radio and TV programs, said he was “warranted” in doing so in parliament.
"He has been living, supposedly under supervision, at Corella Place, the so-called 'village of the damned' near Ararat," Mr Hinch said.
“[He] has repeatedly travelled to Melbourne demanding to see only female doctors at clinics in the Preston, Brunswick and West Brunswick areas over the past four months and sometimes unaccompanied.
“In the past fortnight, clinics have again been contacted by police to inform them he is again travelling to Melbourne with the intent of seeing female GPs."
The courts regularly order the suppression of the identity of sex offenders to improve their prospects of rehabilitation.
However, the fact that police were unable to do anything to protect the GPs beyond issue warnings to their clinics was dangerous, Mr Hinch said.
“That really is noddy land — a dangerous noddy land,” he said.
His comments came after AMA Victoria president Dr Lorraine Baker called on the state government to improve security arrangements for GPs.
“General practice is an environment that is generally regarded as safe, but it is also an environment where it is very difficult to implement direct security procedures,” she told radio station 3AW on Monday.
“Let’s remember this is an issue that is not confined to one single patient's behaviour.
“Ideally we would know the identity of anybody who has been engaged in criminal behaviour if we wanted to have absolute safety.”