In the ACT & across Australia, a child as young as 10 years old can be charged, sentenced and locked up. Every year, 600 children – most of them Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children – are locked away in youth jails.
On International Human Rights Day, join us at our #raisetheage forum as we discuss raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years. The ACT Human Rights Commission President, Dr Helen Watchirs, will chair the forum; and ACT Justice Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA, will open the event. Arthur Moses SC, President of Law Council of Australia, will give the keynote address.
Jodie Griffiths-Cook, ACT Children and Young People Commissioner, will then facilitate a discussion with panellists:
– Arthur Moses SC
– Shahleena Musk, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Rights Unit, Human Rights Law Centre
– Simon Tatz, Director of Public Health, Australian Medical Association
– Dr Justin Barker, Executive Director, ACT Youth Coalition.