Name changes outlawed for NSW criminals

New laws will be introduced to the New South Wales Parliament this week which will prevent serious criminals from changing their names to escape detection.

Attorney-General Greg Smith says the state’s Registry of Births, Death and Marriages will be sent an alert list of serious offenders, such as murderers and rapists.

Mr Smith says under the current laws there is nothing to prevent such criminals from securing a new identity.

If they have a criminal record they’re supposed to indicate that on the form, but a lot of them just ignored that and they got through, he said — via

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