My Bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years old in Queensland, transitioning 10-13 year olds out of the criminal legal and prison system, will be debated on Tuesday 16 August.
Join me to call on Labor, LNP and crossbench MPs to support the Bill.
Under our current laws, children still in primary school can be charged with an offence, hauled before the courts and sent to prison. Early contact with the criminal legal system robs them of the opportunity to heal and grow, setting them up for a lifetime of criminalisation.
My Bill takes the first step to comply with Queensland’s human rights obligations and the demands of countless organisations, including the UN, by raising the age at which a child can be subject to criminal sanction to at least 14.
I’m also proposing a new model for 10-13 year olds, that prioritises prevention, early intervention and community-led diversion.
WE MEET ON STOLEN LAND.
This event is being held on the unceded lands of the Yuggera and Turrbal people. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respects to Elders past and present, particularly as we fight for justice for criminalised children in Queensland, the vast majority of whom are First Nations.