Derryn Hinch gets Morcombes' tick of approval

DERRYN Hinch's success in claiming a Victorian Senate seat has been welcomed by the parents of slain Sunshine Coast schoolboy Daniel Morcombe.

Bruce and Denise Morcombe have campaigned tirelessly for Daniel's Law, a sex offender registry, as well as raising awareness of child protection in the almost 13 years since Daniel's abduction and murder.

Speaking to the Daily, Bruce Morcombe said he was very supportive of the incoming Victorian Senator's push for a public sex offender registry.

"His public sex offender register was one of his big-ticket items to get elected," Mr Morcombe said.

"Very much we are one and the same with those thoughts.

"Anything we can do to assist with that roll-out, we'd love to contribute."

Bruce and Denise Morcombe talk to the media about the Daniel Morcombe Foundation's work.
Bruce and Denise Morcombe talk to the media about the Daniel Morcombe Foundation's work. Nicholas Falconer

Mr Morcombe said he and Denise had met with Mr Hinch a number of times and said he was hopeful given the forecasts for the Senate, Mr Hinch would be able to succeed in his push to have a national registry established.

"I think increasingly so we need national laws," Mr Morcombe said.

He said he'd support a federal framework that guided state laws or a uniform federal law to deliver a register like Daniel's Law, an online sex-offender registry he had fought for in the Northern Territory that was yet to be introduced.

Mr Morcombe acknowledged it hadn't been easy, but he hoped common sense prevailed and Daniel's Law, or elements of it, could one day guide a national offender register.

"We need it sooner rather than later," Mr Morcombe said.

Mr Morcombe said he was in no doubt Derryn Hinch's Senate election would be good for average Australians and their kids.

Mr Hinch campaigned strongly on a number of justice system reforms.

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