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Federal Government faces criticism after telling UN raising the age is the duty of states and territories

Youth justice advocates have criticised the Morrison Government after it told the United Nations that the duty of raising the age of criminal responsibility lies with state and territory governments.

Currently, children as young as 10-years-old can be held criminally responsible and face incarceration in Australia. This is four years below the UN’s recommended age of 14.

  • Rachael Knowles
  • NIT

In January, 31 member states of the UN urged Australia to raise the age.

Australia faced the UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday evening as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

Australia’s Permanent Representative to the…

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