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Asylum seeker health rights

PIAC's Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project seeks to ensure humane treatment and basic medical and mental health care for asylum seekers languishing in Australia's immigration detention centres. Read more 

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Discrimination: mental health and insurance

One in two people will be diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point yet insurers frequently deny cover or claims related to mental illness. Read more 

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Better outcomes for indigenous kids in care

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care continues the rise. This alarming trend requires urgent action. Read more 

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Accessible public transport

PIAC acted for Graeme Innes when he sued RailCorp for its failure to provide audible ‘next stop’ announcements. Mr Innes said, ‘all I’m asking is that they tell me where I am.' Read more 

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A voice for people experiencing homelessness

PIAC’s consumer advisory committee, StreetCare, provides policy advice to government on homelessness and housing. Read more 

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Unlawful imprisonment of young people

‘One of our 14-year-old clients was arrested, handcuffed and strip-searched on three separate occasions over a two-week period. He was held in custody overnight each time. ' Read more 

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Landmark challenge to reduce electricity bills

NSW electricity networks charge twice as much as their counterparts in Victoria to get electricity from a power station to a consumer. Read more 

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Homeless Persons’ Legal Service

HPLS provides people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with practical legal assistance. We also address causes of homelessness through policy advocacy and strategic engagement with government and service providers. Read more 

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Discrimination law explainer: how to protect LGBTI students and teachers 17 Oct 2018

How can we protect LGBT students and teachers from discrimination? Following reporting by Fairfax media of the recommendations of the Ruddock Review into religious freedom, attention has been focused on the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and... Read More

Sri Lanka: new transitional justice mechanism bill on reparations passed

22 Oct 2018

In October 2018, the Sri Lankan Parliament passed a bill establishing an Office for Reparations. This was one of the...

NSW solar scheme welcome news for some low-income households

3 Oct 2018

PIAC’s Energy + Water Consumer Advocacy Program (EWCAP) has welcomed the New South Wales Government’s efforts to help households with...

Engaging with consumers: How do the energy distributors stack up?

18 Sep 2018

Essential Energy has come out on top in PIAC’s first formal evaluation of the consumer engagement practices for the three...

Banking Royal Commission hears: TAL refuses to pay cancer claim and cancels income protection policy because of visits to psychologist

14 Sep 2018

Unfair and discriminatory treatment by insurance companies has been under the spotlight at the Banking Royal Commission, with insurance company...

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