Sonya Ryan hopes that whoever is elected to represent the state after March 17 will show the “same bipartisan support” for Carly’s Law that the federal government has.
Ms Ryan’s daughter Carly was 15 years old when she was murdered at Horseshoe Bay, Port Elliot, by an online predator pretending to be an 18-year-old musician, and her mother has been educating young people about online dangers ever since.
She has been pushing for legislation which makes it an offence if someone uses a carriage service to prepare or plan to cause harm, to engage in sexual activity with, or procure for sexual activity, children under the age of 16.
Crucially, this includes lying to a child about one’s age and attempting to meet that child.
In June last year, the bill with this legislation called the Criminal Code Amendment (Protecting Minors Online) Bill 2017 passed the Senate, becoming federal law.
On the 11th anniversary of Carly’s death, February 20, Ms Ryan called on political parties to commit to introducing Carly’s Law in SA.
“All Australian jurisdictions have a responsibility for combatting child sex offences and SA should ensure it has properly filled the gap in legislation here,” she said.
SA-BEST was the first party to commit to introducing Carly’s Law as part of a cyber safety policy.
Labor has also pledged support for legislating the bill.