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Attorney-Generals criminalising 13 year olds is a national disgrace

The lethargy in lifting the age of criminal responsibility in Australia from 10 to 14 is scandalous given the numbers of vulnerable children caught up in the brutality of the criminal justice system daily. 

It’s called SCAGS, the Standing Committee of Attorney-Generals.

For many years now the Commonwealth, state and territory first law officers and the New Zealand Justice Minister meet and last Friday in Darwin was such an occasion.

It could have been a momentous one if every participant decided to stop shirking the issue of lifting the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to…

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