2013 Children’s Rights Edition of Rights Agenda

Each year, King & Wood Mallesons and the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre, work with the Human Rights Law Centre to published a special edition of our Monthly Bulletin, Rights Agenda, that focuses exclusively on human rights and legal issues affecting children and young people.

Child Rights: In Search of Leadership

This 2013 Special Children’s Rights Edition of Rights Agenda discusses key civil and political rights issues confronting Australia’s children.

One year on from Australia’s review by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, it is clear that there remains a lot to be done if Australia is to address the Committee’s concerns, particularly on the nation’s youth justice systems and the economic, social and cultural determinants of youth offending.

The issues discussed in this special edition need to be addressed as a matter of urgency. And yet, many will recognise that these issues and the debates surrounding them have been on the public agenda for decades. Clearly, children’s rights in Australia are in desperate need of someone to reinvigorate and lead the debates. With this in mind, this special edition also introduces Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner, Ms Megan Mitchell.

This is the fourth Special Children’s Rights Edition of Rights Agenda and is developed through collaboration between the Human Rights Law Centre, King & Wood Mallesons and the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre. I thank our partners for their continuing support of this important publication.

Matthew Keeley
Director, National Children’s and Youth Law Centre