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Section 5 of the children (criminal proceedings) Act 1987 states that “It shall be conclusively presumed that no child who is under the age of 10 years can be guilty of an offence.” The Jesuit social services will argue on behalf of accepting the amendment and increasing the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) from 10 to a minimum of 14. The current New South Wales act assumes that children under the age of 10 cannot be found guilty of a criminal offence. In the Australian criminal proceedings there are only two age groups for criminal responsibility. The minimum age group (under age of 10) in which children can never be prosecuted, but civil law and welfare measures can be taken when shows indications and signs that the child needs care. The second age group is between 10 and 14, they can be convicted and prosecuted of being guilty of a criminal offence if it can be proving that the accused child understands their severity of their actions. The Jesuit social services urges the New south Wales parliament to take into account the negative impacts that leaving 10 as the minimum age of criminal responsibility as on our community and the vulnerable group of young struggling individuals convicted and prosecuted of crime.

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