Raise the Age – response to ACT Government proposal

ANTaR ACT welcomes the ACT Government’s commitment to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14 but shares the concerns expressed by ACTCOSS about limitations of the proposal put forward in the position paper.

From the ACTCOSS media release:

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has today cautiously welcomed a commitment to increase to the age of criminal responsibility to 12, and then to 14 within two years, through a staged response to allow for the implementation of service reforms.

However, ACTCOSS expressed significant concern at the Government’s decision to include carve outs or exceptions for 12 and 13 year old children who commit serious offences.

For the full ACTCOSS media release, see: ACTCOSS Media Release: ACT Government must #RaisetheAge to 14 without carve outs or exceptions.

The ACT Government joint Media Release: Raising the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility.

The ACT Government Position Paper can be downloaded from the Your Say page on raising the age.

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