Australian Attorneys-Common think about change on age of prison duty | The Advocate

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Australian Attorneys-General consider change on age of criminal responsibility | The Advocate

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Further work will be done by the country’s Attorneys-Generals to determine whether the age of criminal responsibility should be raised to 14 years. The proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years old was discussed at the Council of Attorneys-General meeting on Monday. They had first agreed to examine the matter two years ago and work so far was reviewed at Monday’s meeting. IN OTHER NEWS: Attorney-General Elise Archer said the meeting resolved that further work was required on the issue. “Tasmania believes that any reform in this area should ideally be progressed in a nationally consistent manner,” she said. Labor’s justice spokeswoman Ella Hadded said Labor supported raising the age of criminal responsibility. “But more than that, we support a change in the way we approach youth justice,” she said. “We need to be working towards a system where we support and protect children, and where disadvantage does not automatically mean children are at higher risk of being on the wrong side of the law. “That means greater investment in prevention, rehabilitation and community support.” Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data showed there were nearly 600 children aged 10 to 13 years in detention in 2018-19. About 65 per cent of these children were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. A campaign to raise the age has the support of the Law Council of Australia, the Australian Medical Association, and Amnesty International. What do you think? Send us a letter to the editor:

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Further work will be done by the country’s Attorneys-Generals to determine whether the age of criminal responsibility should be raised to 14 years.

The proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years old was discussed at the Council of Attorneys-General meeting on Monday.

They had first agreed to examine the matter two years ago and work so far was reviewed at Monday’s meeting.

Attorney-General Elise Archer said the meeting resolved that further work was required on the issue.

“Tasmania believes that any reform in this area should ideally be progressed in a nationally consistent manner,” she said.

Labor’s justice spokeswoman Ella Hadded said Labor supported raising the age of criminal responsibility.

“But more than that, we support a change in the way we approach youth justice,” she said. “We need to be working towards a system where we support and protect children, and where disadvantage does not automatically mean children are at higher risk of being on the wrong side of the law.

“That means greater investment in prevention, rehabilitation and community support.”

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data showed there were nearly 600 children aged 10 to 13 years in detention in 2018-19.

About 65 per cent of these children were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

A campaign to raise the age has the support of the Law Council of Australia, the Australian Medical Association, and Amnesty International.

What do you think? Send us a letter to the editor: