Raising the age of criminal responsibility and disproportionate impacts on Indigenous youth

In light of last year’s Council of Attorneys-General Meeting which involved a deferral on the decision to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years old in Australia until next year, the debate around the issue has become more prominent than ever.

Join the ANU Law Reform and Social Justice (LRSJ) Indigenous Reconciliation Project and ANU Law Students’ Society (LSS) in this webinar on raising the age of criminal responsibility and how the Council’s decision disproportionately affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth communities.

On our panel:
• Rodney Dillon, Indigenous Rights Advisor, Amnesty International
• Emma Towney, Solicitor, Dhurrawang Aboriginal Human Rights Program at Canberra Community Law
• Cheryl Axleby, Co-Chair of Change The Record

The event is finished.


28 Apr 2021


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


  • Cheryl Axleby
    Cheryl Axleby

    Cheryl Axleby is a co-chair of the Change the Record coalition. Cheryl is a proud Narungga Woman who is passionate about improving the quality of life for her people. Cheryl has spent the last 40 years working within the Aboriginal community, Federal Govt and South Australian Government to improve the lives of First Nations peoples. She has experience working within the Aboriginal community sector, law and justice, women’s issues, family violence, youth justice, child and family services and is currently working in the Aboriginal Community Housing sector. Cheryl is committed to influencing positive change and outcomes for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples.

  • Emma Towney
    Emma Towney

    Emma joined Canberra Community Law (CCL) in March 2019. In March 2021, Emma commenced as Program Manager of the Dhurranwang Aboriginal Human Rights Program. She is a proud Wiradjuri woman who has been residing in Canberra on Ngunnawal Country for the last 9 years. Prior to commencing at CCL, Emma worked in various legal roles within a Federal Government Department. Emma was admitted as a Lawyer in 2013 and holds a Master of Laws from ANU.

    Emma is also currently the Chair and a founding member of the ACT Law Society Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Committee. This Committee was established to monitor and advocate on legal issues that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People both within the ACT community and beyond.

    Emma’s current work at CCL sees her work within a small team to provide advice and representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in the ACT on social and community housing, social security and race discrimination. Her work is informed by human rights principles of participation, inclusion and self-determination and involves using human rights legislation and principles to support her client’s legal matters.

  • Rodney Dillon
    Rodney Dillon

    Rodney Dillon is the Indigenous Rights Advisor for Amnesty International Australia. Rodney, a Palawa Elder, is a former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) Commissioner for Tasmania. Rodney has been instrumental in the repatriation of Indigenous remains from overseas. He was awarded the NAIDOC male person of the year in 2006, a Tasmanian State Finalist for Australian of the Year in 2011, and won the Tasmanian Human Rights Award in 2013. His favourite achievement is the purchase of a sheep station on Bruny Island for the Aboriginal people of Tasmania.

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