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Article by Michele Harris of 18 Oct 2011:

Australia is failing the children of the Northern Territory

concerned Australians' MR of 11 Oct 2011:

United Nations Hears that Australia Fails its Children in the NT


Convention on the Rights of the Child

Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989 Entry into force 2 September 1990, in accordance with article 49: Read more

Committee on the Rights of the Child

The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its State parties. It also monitors implementation of two optional protocols to the Convention, on involvement of children in armed conflict and on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. All States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented. States must report initially two years after acceding to the Convention and then every five years. The Committee examines each report and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of "concluding observations". Read more


59th (60th) Pre-Sessional Working Group (10-14 October 2011): please click here

Consideration of State Party Reports: Australia:


Further Background Info

Children of the Intervention Report:

Cover fo the report Children of the InterventionThis report is a complement to the report "Listen to Children - 2011 Child Rights NGO Report Australia" by the Child Rights Taskforce. The Child Rights Taskforce is a coalition of organisations committed to the protection and promotion of child rights in Australia. The co-convenors of the Taskforce are NCYLC and UNICEF Australia.







Listen to Children Report:


NGO Reporting Process - Guide for NGOs Reporting to the Committee:
please click here

Treaty Body Report - CRC:

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) Resources on Australia: please click here

CRIN: Previous Alternative Reports: please click here

International Disability Alliance (IDA): CRC info: please click here

IDA - CRC Pre-sessional Working Group info: please click here

IDA's suggested questions for the List of Issues: please click here