In 2006, Hinch could be seen to have lost a considerable amount of weight and his health was believed to be in decline He had refused to comment on the issue, other than stating that it was a matter for himself, his wife and his doctor.
Hinch has been a tireless, even obsessive, anti-paedophilia campaigner.
The entire first chapter - twenty pages - of his autobiography "That's Life" is given over to a detailed account of his childhood sexual experiences. The word "masturbation" first appears on the second line of the book.
Hinch has written that he was "molested by a man as a child":
"My only fear is that I will be misconstrued. That my genuine concern for the victims who face lifelong shadows from their forced experiences will be taken out of context when I say, yet again, that 'Yes, I was molested, but no, it didn't affect me.' That somehow it will give some bizarre support to the predators who claim 'child-love' is not unhealthy if I commit to print that an adult male acquaintance of my parents once pounced on me, put my penis in his mouth, and I suffered no apparent lasting trauma or damage." (That's Life, p. 113)
Hinch gives over the next six pages to details about the incident.
On August 7, 2005, Hinch caused controversy when he revealed living arrangements for Brian Keith Jones, also known as convicted child sex offender Mr Baldy, on air. Hinch's comments caused controversy in the Melbourne suburb of Frankston, where residents attacked the house named on air and abused its occupants. A local Frankston supermarket began a petition to remove Jones from the area. Hinch later stated his comments were mistaken and Jones was not living at the Frankston address.
Hinch writes in "The Fall and Rise of Derryn Hinch" that as an adult he had sex with a fifteen-year old girl. He says:
"I met her at a party at Molly Meldrum's house about three o'clock in the morning. I had seen her in lingerie ads in magazines like the Women's Weekly. She was exotic. European. And I thought she was about 25. Obviously this was a long time ago. We went out together days later. We ended up in bed. The next night we went to dinner again and, frankly, I thought her lack of knowledge – and struggling current affairs conversation - was because English was obviously her second language."
Hinch once dated a beautiful Mystery Blonde in Sydney. The image of the two appeared on the front cover of the New Idea and Woman's Day. Her name was Suzanne and she was a Photographer for Text media.
There have been no reports to date of the Victoria Police taking any action to investigate this matter.
In November 1985, Glennon was charged with further sexual offences on five boys and one girl aged between 12 and 16. While Glennon's preliminary hearings were still underway, Hinch made three broadcasts in which he expressed outrage that Glennon was still running a youth camp in Lancefield, together with details of Glennon's prior charges.
Under Australian law, published comments on cases currently before the courts (sub judice) that are prejudicial to the accused's rights, or unduly influence a jury, may be unlawful.
Hinch was charged with contempt of court and was found guilty. A series of appeals followed, in one of which Judge Murphy found:
The resolution of Glennon's case was delayed while the issue of whether or not his right to a fair trial had been undermined by the broadcasts. In 1991, he was convicted; the decision was initially overturned and then confirmed on further appeal.
In October 2003 Glennon, who was still in prison, was found guilty of twenty-six other offences against minors, for which he was sentenced to eighteen years. When combined with his then current sentences, the total came to an effective maximum of 20 years.
On the 24th June 2008 whilst discussing the celebrity status of underworld crime figures during his drive program Mick Gatto phoned in and had a brief confrontation with Hinch, ending with a death threat. After calling Mick Gatto scum, Gatto replied "I hope you go to your grave very quickly" implying that he wanted Hinch dead
Hinch caused offence with the Australian public on May 26 2005 by claiming that recently deceased Australian television personality Graham Kennedy had died of AIDS Kennedy died aged 71 in a New South Wales nursing home.
Hinch gave two items in support of his allegation:
(1) Kennedy's biographer Graeme Blundell had written that when he visited Kennedy
Hinch said that the black marks were proof that Kennedy had Kaposi's sarcoma.
(2) an interview with a former Australian television sports reporter, now living in Thailand. Hinch said that he had "sprung" the two men together at Ziggy's restaurant in Sydney.
During the interview Hinch repeatedly pressed for confirmation that the person (a) had been Graham Kennedy's lover and (b) was HIV-positive. The interviewee said little, but in the closing moments of the interview remarked "If you haven't worked it out by now, you are not as smart as I think you are."
When Hinch first broadcast the HIV allegations against Kennedy, he did not know that Kennedy had been tested for AIDS a mere week before his death, after a carer suffered a needle stick injury. The results showed that Kennedy was not HIV positive.
Despite the overwhelming medical evidence, Hinch broadcast an unrepentant non-apology on 3AW:
"I will still stick to what I said. I believed what I said when I said it. And I know that my comments have upset some people, including obviously friends and Kennedy fans, especially in Melbourne. And for those people who have been upset and have sent me thousands of e-mails and letters, I apologise and I will say to them I'm sorry. So, let's move on."
"Delivering a eulogy for a close friend and for someone who was so much admired is never a happy occasion. Though, I must confess I would be quite happy to deliver a eulogy for a certain media personality who's tried the second Kennedy assassination of our time (applause) ... and failed."
Kennedy's writer Mike McColl-Jones read a spoof fax from Kennedy in heaven, which included (to great applause from the mourners):
"I hear Derryn outed me. I've got a hot flash for him - it's rife up here. Only a few minutes ago I saw Oscar Wilde holding hands with Chips Rafferty. I reckon if Hinch's body is ever washed up on a beach, police will be interviewing suspects for seven years."
With the help of Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne, Derryn has been battling hard with Septicaemia since October 2006 on the background of alcohol related liver cirrhosis.
On 27 April 2007, over a month since he announced publicly he suffers from advanced cirrhosis due to his heavy alcohol consumption, Derryn went back to hospital for more scans to check the size of his liver cancer growths and said on his website daily comments that he had a well earned day off work.
Hinch has had a long time rivalry with John Laws, former talk show host on Sydney radio station 2UE. Laws referred to Hinch on air as the "fungus-faced Derryn Hinch" and "...a poor pathetic individual who seems to have some inflated idea about your own importance." Hinch slammed celebrations held in Sydney for 40 years of talkback radio in which then Prime Minister John Howard gave a tribute to John Laws. “We’re not here to celebrate John Laws, we’re here to celebrate 40 years of talkback radio,” said Hinch.
On 5 December 2007, while on holiday, Hinch was abused verbally with obscenities by John Laws in unprovoked circumstances whilst dining at lunch with 2CH personality Bob Rogers in a restaurant at Woolloomooloo's finger wharf in Sydney.
Hinch is currently starring as The Criminaologist in the Australian tour of The Rocky Horror Show.