The Registration of Sex Offenders Bill will not be debated in the next sitting of Parliament which begins on Monday.
The debate has been deferred to the May sitting of Parliament and will be debated with the Online Safety Bill.
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights Chairman Ashneel Sudhakar said that due to the two recent tropical cyclones that affected Fiji, it had been decided that the submissions of the Bill must be extended.
He said there were two Bills which were pending before the committee and these were the Sexual Offenders Bill and Online Safety Bill.
“The Bill was supposed to be debated in next week’s parliament session while the Online Safety Bill is for the May session,’’ he said.
“We had time, but because of the current disaster the committee members were not able to attend and could not hold public consultations so both Bills will now be debated in the May session.
“We have asked for an extension of time and will continue to take submissions on the Registration of Sexual Offenders Bill and the Online Safety Bill.”
Mr Sudhakar said the Registration of Sexual Offenders Bills objective is to deter people from engaging in sexual offences.
He said a question coming up in parliament next week would be about child sex abuse and repeat offenders.
Mr Sudhakar said the committee had received a lot of written submissions … from the Police, corrections department, and Ministry for Women … particularly on Registration of Sexual Offenders.
He said about 700 written submissions have been received with oral submissions for the Registration of Sex Offenders Bill and the Online Bill received the same number of submissions.
“We now have an extension for submission and we will take this immediately when the parliament sitting finishes on the 20th, from the 23rd to the 27th, we are expected to be in Lautoka, then to the Northern Division and later be in Suva to receive the final reports.
“We will be ready by then for the next Parliament sitting in May.”
Mr Sudhakar called on the general public to take advantage of the submission consultations and give their views on the two Bills.