NT Government fails to enact reforms on Age of Criminal Responsibility


A year has passed since the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children in the Northern Territory released recommendations for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised from 10 years old to 12.

The Law Council of Australia and Amnesty International Australia are dismayed by the NT government’s lack of action on the issue, and say that populism is impeding potential reforms.

With international standards seeing the minimum age at 14 and even 16 years old, there is pressure for the NT government to enact the changes that may soon roll out across the nation.

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