Derryn Hinch forms the anti-paedophile Justice Party and announces bid to become a Senator

Media personality Derryn Hinch has confirmed he will run for the Senate.Exclusive: Hinch’s bid to become a federal Senator

Derryn Hinch has formed his own political party, the Justice Party, and the broadcaster has confirmed he will stand for election to the Senate.

When Fairfax Media revealed his secret political ambitions last week, the so-called Human Headline said he was “seriously considering” a tilt for Parliament.

But four days later, Mr Hinch has a Justice Party website in place and has published a YouTube launch video and media releases.

The veteran broadcaster and journalist, convicted three times and jailed twice for contempt of court and breaching suppression orders, said the Justice Party would fight for victims of the judicial system.

Mr Hinch, who will try to win a federal Senate seat from Victoria, said the party would stand candidates in all states and territories.

“We will fight for a national public register of convicted sex offenders … but we’re not just a one-issue party,” he said.

“The Justice Party will stand for equality and justice for all. We believe our courts should show the same compassion and understanding for victims that they seem to show for the criminals.

“We’ll campaign for parole reform and bail reform. The Lindt cafe siege should never have happened. Jill Meagher’s killer should not have been walking the streets. We believe our courts should treat domestic violence as a crime and there must be equal rights, including same-sex marriage and equal pay for women and animal justice.”

Mr Hinch said the ‘jail to justice walk’, which culminated in him presenting a petition of 130,000 signatures to Victorian Parliament calling for a national public register of convicted paedophiles, was key to the formation of the Justice Party.

Mr Hinch is a longtime advocate for unmasking sexual predators in the community and has gone to jail for defying the courts over the issue.In 2011, he was sentenced to five months’ home detention after defying a court order to name two serial child sex offenders at a Name Them and Shame Them rally in 2008. He spent 12 days in jail in 1987 for naming a paedophile priest.

The unrivalled legal protection of Parliamentary privilege would allow a future senator Hinch to pursue a campaign to bring sex offenders to public attention.

The broadcaster, 71, who was given 12 months to live by doctors in 2010 before a life-saving liver transplant, would be seeking a six-year term in the Senate by which time he would be at least 78.

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