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The Victorian government has faced criticism for its response to a recent truth-telling inquiry focusing on the child protection and criminal justice systems. The inquiry, led by First Peoples, highlighted concerning issues within these systems, including systemic racism and human rights abuses.

While the government offered full support for certain recommendations proposed by the Yoorrook Justice Commission, it rejected calls to stop incarcerating 16-year-olds and to immediately raise the criminal age of responsibility. These decisions have sparked disappointment and concern among advocates and commissioners involved in the inquiry.

Despite acknowledging the weight of evidence presented during the inquiry, which included personal accounts of suffering from First Peoples, the government defended its response as a positive start. They emphasized the need for thoughtful consideration of recommendations that aim to address ongoing injustices faced by First Peoples in Victoria.

Aboriginal advocates have expressed frustration with what they see as a lack of detail and urgency in the government’s response. They believe that more decisive action is needed to address the deep-rooted issues identified in the inquiry. The government, however, maintains that they are taking the recommendations seriously and will continue to assess them carefully.

Looking ahead, some recommendations are still under consideration, indicating potential progress in addressing the systemic challenges within Victoria’s justice systems. The government’s response has sparked debate and raised questions about the pace and depth of reforms needed to ensure justice and equality for all individuals in the state.


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Article Title: Victoria rejects call from truth-telling inquiry to stop jailing children under 16, leaving commissioners ‘disappointed’
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