Change the age of responsibility in Australia

Change the age of responsibility in Australia

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The age of criminal responsibility in Australia is 10 years old. This means if you are 10 or older, and you commit a criminal offence, you can be charged by the police and convicted in court. 
Between the ages of 10 and 14 years old, the police must prove in court that you understood you were doing the wrong thing. 
If you are over 14 years old, the law says you can be held responsible for your actions, even if you didn't actually know that you were doing the wrong thing or were breaking the law. 

The current age of responsibility for a juvenile who commits a criminal offence needs to be raised from 10 years of age to 13. Also, the criminal rules associated with juvenile offenders should be changed as it can be more beneficial towards delinquent children. 

What’s causing the problem is children under the age of 13, are prosecuted to juvenile detention and are having there childhood taken away from them, and from this become traumatised as well as develop other mental issues from the lack of experience of growing up, stress applied to the children, the lack having a proper education, the lack of interacting with new people. 

We need to expand the age range of the prosecution of minors/children being sentenced to juvenile detention, as children are loosing there childhood, education, as well as developing mental conditions such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety from being sentenced at a young age to attend juvenile detention.

The minimum age of responsibility affects people because if people are convicted too young it can cause problems achieving compliance with international rights standards; ensuring parity between ages of responsibility in civil and criminal law; and minimising wider harm. 
 

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