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  1. 1 I am 16 years old and was approached by the police on the weekend, asking me lots of questions, I want to know what my rights are if it happens again?
  2. 2 I am 17 years old and have been told by several real estate agents that I am too young to apply for rental properties. Is this discrimination?
  1. 1I am 16 years old and was approached by the police on the weekend, asking me lots of questions, I want to know what my rights are if it happens again?

    If you become involved with the Police, it is in your best interest to be polite and assert your rights without being aggressive.

    The Police may approach you and ask you questions at any time. You must give them your name and address but you have the right to remain silent about any other questions. This applies whether you have been stopped in the street or taken to the station for questioning.

    You can be charged for refusing to give your name and address or giving false details of your name and address.

    It is advisable to refuse to answer any other questions or sign any statements until you have spoken to a lawyer.

  2. 2I am 17 years old and have been told by several real estate agents that I am too young to apply for rental properties. Is this discrimination?

    Yes, you are able to apply for properties at 17 years old. You could try and explain to the real estate that you are aware of your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, however if you are not comfortable doing this contact the Equal Opportunity Commission on 1800 198 149.