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Paedophiles superannuation striped under Nick Xenophon proposal

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Fresh push to strip paedophiles of their superannuation and hand the cash to victims they abused as children

  • Nick Xenophon has put forward a proposal to strip paedophiles of their super 
  • The funds removed from offenders’ super would then be given to their victims  
  • A number of victims and victim advocates have publicly supported the measure 

There are growing calls to strip convicted paedophiles of their superannuation and hand the cash to the children they abused.

Independent Senate candidate Nick Xenophon put forward the proposal this week with a number of victims and victim advocates publicly supporting the measure. 

One man who was one of many abused by prolific South Australian paedophile Peter Liddy as a child endorsed Mr Xenophon’s plan.

‘Some circumstances need amending, and this is one – if a perpetrator is allowed to hide his assets or put his assets into superannuation, and not allow victims to obtain their compensation or their entitlements, that’s just not on,’ he told the ABC.  

Independent Senate candidate Nick Xenophon (pictured) put forward the proposal this week with a number of victims and victim advocates publicly supporting the measure

Independent Senate candidate Nick Xenophon (pictured) put forward the proposal this week with a number of victims and victim advocates publicly supporting the measure 

‘What’s a legal system if it’s not a justice system? This has to stop now.’  

Liddy, a former Magistrate, was jailed for 25 years in 2001 for sexually abusing boys between 1969 and 1986. 

He often targeted his victims at an Adelaide surf life saving club during camping trips in the 80’s.   

Xenophon believes Liddy still has a small fortune in his superannuation account and said his money should go to his victims. 

‘If you’ve committed this type of abhorrent offence, you shouldn’t be able to live in luxury after you get out of prison,’ he said.       

The independent candidate’s proposal would not only strip perpetrators of their super, but it would also save the government billions in taxpayer money that’s usually set aside for the ongoing care and support of victims.   

Former magistrate Peter Liddy (pictured) was jailed for 25 years in 2001 for sexually abusing boys between 1969 and 1986. He often targeted his victims at an Adelaide surf life saving club during camping trips in the 80's

Former magistrate Peter Liddy (pictured) was jailed for 25 years in 2001 for sexually abusing boys between 1969 and 1986. He often targeted his victims at an Adelaide surf life saving club during camping trips in the 80’s

Mr Xenophon said there are numerous convicted paedophiles in Australia who have hidden millions in their super.  

Lawyer Andrew Carpenter said offenders have proactively taken steps to hide their money for fears of having it stripped from them.

He told the ABC that he and fellow lawyers have seen ‘across the board’ criminals ‘burying their assets in superannuation’. 

‘They’ll sell their house, put money into their lawyer’s trust account and then cry poor, yet they’ve worked for the past 40 years in a cushy job and they’re saying, “I’ve got millions of dollars in super but you can’t touch this”,’  he said. 

Another child sex abuse survivor who was abused by Bega Valley paedophile Maurice Van Ryn has also supported the proposal.

The survivor said the measure was a ‘no brainer’ and would ‘benefit survivors, decrease the liability on the Australian taxpayer and act as a deterrent’. 

The idea for child sex offenders to have their super funds removed and given to their victims was previously raised in 2018, but the plan saw little progress. 

Under current bankruptcy laws, there is no provision allowing offenders’ super to be used for compensation or redress.  

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