Australian Criminals No Longer Allowed to Change Names

A leopard can’t change his spots… and now a criminal in Australia can’t change his name to avoid the police.

In New South Wales, Australia, new laws are soon to be introduced this week which will forbid criminals from renaming themselves. Anyone with criminal convictions will be banned from performing a name change, as criminals have been using this technique to escape detection.

The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages will be sent an official “alert list” from the prisons which has the names of dangerous offenders such as rapists and murderers. These types of criminals will never again be able to secure a new identity for themselves.

Attorney-General Greg Smith has also called for a national limit on the number of times a person can change their name.