This raises several questions: should removal of the reservation against Article 32, which the Government is being pressured to do by the Committee, ACYA and Caritas (Catholic agency for Justice, Peace and Development), take precedence over the views of the young New Zealanders (see Article 12)?
ACYA's Stance on Participation Rights, and Legislation for a Minimum Age
ACYA actively supports participation rights for young people.
However, regarding Article 32, ACYA's recommendation was that: A minimum age for work be established by legislation.
ACYA's main concern seemed to be that 'poverty, leads to children having to work'(Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa, 2003a: 232).
Yet even ACYA, a group that plays an active part in fostering participation rights for young people, seeks legislation that may impose a minimum age that many young children don't want.