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Criminal responsibility age to be raised from 10 to 14 if ACT Labor re-elected, after Government endorses reform

The ACT Government has broken ranks to become the first jurisdiction to endorse raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years of age.

Children as young as 10 can currently be prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to juvenile detention in the ACT and across Australia.

A national push to raise the age stalled after state, territory and federal attorneys-general determined more work needed to be done to find alternatives to dealing with young offenders.

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