Michael Keenan says there would be ‘an enormous level of safeguards’ if minors were held for 14 days with no charges

Children as young as 10 could be held by police for 14 days without charge under a new national detention law applying to terrorism suspects, the justice minister has confirmed.

Michael Keenan told the ABC it was “deeply regrettable” that children could be held under the new counter-terrorism regime, approved by federal and state governments at a special Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra on Thursday.

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