"Country after country raised concern about why Australia has delayed a
push to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years –
something that experts say is linked to Australia’s high rates of
incarceration of Indigenous children, and which is explored in the new
Guardian Australia series Childhood in custody.
The 31 countries that raised the issue of the age of criminal
responsibility included Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Sweden,
Spain, Poland, Portugal and Mexico.
Andrew Walter, a senior official from the Attorney-General’s Department
who led the Australian delegation, said the age of criminal
responsibility remained 10 years in all locations in Australia.
“However, between the ages of 10 and 14, a child is presumed to have
been incapable of committing a criminal offence unless the prosecution
establishes beyond reasonable doubt that at the time of the offence the
child knew that what they were doing was seriously wrong in a criminal
sense,” Walter said."
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