Q&A Program

Press/Media: Expert Comment


Invitaion to speak - Video Question

Period25 Nov 2017

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleQ&A Program
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletABC Television
    Media typeTelevision
    DescriptionThe recommendations from the NT Royal Commission into Juvenile Justice and Child Protection do not go far enough. Setting the age of criminal responsibility to 12 falls short of the United Nations standard of 14 to 16 years of age, and will not prevent our justice system from criminalising very young children, particularly Aboriginal children. The report also fails to emphasise the importance of criminal charges for those responsible at all levels, for the torture of child detainees. The full weight of the law must be enforced against those responsible for these crimes. My questions are: how will the perpetrators of these crimes against children be made accountable, and how do we prevent the criminalisation of very young children?
    PersonsHolly Doel-Mackaway