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Up to 20,000 paedophiles to lose their passports as Australia introduces the world’s toughest anti-child sex tourism laws

May 30, 2017 ·  By Daniel Peters For Daily Mail Australia and Aap for www.dailymail.co.uk

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Convicted paedophiles will be banned from travelling overseas and will have their passports cancelled under new measures to be introduced by the federal government.

The new legislation, due to be introduced next month, will make it illegal for convicted child-sex offenders to leave or attempt to leave Australia, while dual citizens on child-sex offender registers also will be prevented from travel.

Victorian senator and anti-pedophile campaigner Derryn Hinch who fought for the measures told the Herald Sun he was ‘over the moon’ at the development.

Convicted paedophiles will be banned from travelling overseas and will have their passports cancelled under new measures to be introduced (Bangkok Red Light District pictured)

Convicted paedophiles will be banned from travelling overseas and will have their passports cancelled under new measures to be introduced (Bangkok Red Light District pictured)

The new legislation, due to be introduced next month, will make it illegal for convicted child-sex offenders to leave or attempt to leave Australia. Pictured is Australian man Robert Ellis, who molested 11 young girls in Bali and will likely die behind bars

The new legislation, due to be introduced next month, will make it illegal for convicted child-sex offenders to leave or attempt to leave Australia. Pictured is Australian man Robert Ellis, who molested 11 young girls in Bali and will likely die behind bars

‘This will be the greatest thing I could achieve in my first year in the senate,’ he said.

‘I could have been on 3AW for years banging away about this, but being elected to the Senate made it possible.’

He said almost half of convicted paedophiles travelling overseas were flying directly to South-East Asia for sick ‘child rape holidays’.

‘This will be the greatest thing I could achieve in my first year in the senate,’ he said.

‘I could have been on 3AW for years banging away about this, but being elected to the Senate made it possible.’

He said almost half of convicted paedophiles travelling overseas were flying directly to South-East Asia for sick ‘child rape holidays’.

If approved, the legislation will permanently stop Australia's 20,000 registered child sex offenders from ever travelling overseas (stock image)

If approved, the legislation will permanently stop Australia’s 20,000 registered child sex offenders from ever travelling overseas (stock image)

Late last year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull responded to reports 780 registered Australian child sex offenders had travelled overseas.

‘What we’re talking about is some of the worst grubs you can imagine, they’re a disgrace to Australia,’ Mr Turnbull said at the time.

‘We believe that by further co-operation with the states and territories, once we identify people who have been convicted of serious offences of this kind, then of course the Foreign Minister can revoke their passports.

‘We don’t want Australians travelling to South East Asia for these sexual criminal activities.’

Australian accused paedophile Peter Scully (right) faces a number of serious charges in the Phillipines, including murdering a 12-year-old girl, multiple counts of sexual abuse, torture, rape and human trafficking

Australian accused paedophile Peter Scully (right) faces a number of serious charges in the Phillipines, including murdering a 12-year-old girl, multiple counts of sexual abuse, torture, rape and human trafficking

Senator Derryn Hinch, who has been campaigning for tougher child sex tourism laws, said he was 'over the moon' at the developments

Senator Derryn Hinch, who has been campaigning for tougher child sex tourism laws, said he was ‘over the moon’ at the developments

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