More than two dozen countries have pressured Australia to raise the age of criminal responsibility at a United Nations meeting overnight.
- Indigenous children are over-represented in the Australian justice system
- Aboriginal legal services have called for immediate action following the international pressure
- Most Australian jurisdictions are yet to implement changes to the age of criminal responsibility
Canada, France, Germany, Venezuela and Norway were among the 31 UN member states to call on Australia to raise the age, in what advocates said was an escalation in international pressure relating to this issue.
The minimum age of criminal responsibility in Australia is 10.
In 2019, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child…