MEDIA commentator Derryn Hinch has announced he will enter politics, creating a new national party called the Justice Party with the 71-year-old planning to for a seat in the Senate.

Outlining the Justice Party policy, Hinch said in a YouTube video that they will stand for a public register of convicted sex offenders, longer sentencing for violent crimes, bail reform, domestic violence law reform, parole reform, animal justice and equal rights — including support for marriage equality.

“The Justice party will stand for equality and justice for all… there must be equal rights, including same-sex marriage,” Hinch said.

Hinch, who recently spent time in jail for breaking a suppression order on naming Jill Meagher’s murderer on his website, also has a history of activism around the criminal justice system.

Hinch first publicly announced his support for marriage equality in 2010 when he wrote a column in the Australian.

“I was an opponent of gay marriage for years. I doggedly followed the ignorant, almost homophobic line without really thinking it through,” he wrote.

“It took two women – my wife and my ex-wife – to convince me that my attitude was irrational and discriminatory.

“And such discrimination is illegal because you cannot discriminate on the grounds of sex, religion or race. It is also morally reprehensible.”

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