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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 

Graeme Innes

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 free legal advice to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness at welfare agencies throughout Sydney and Newcastle. Read more 

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Discrimination: mental health and insurance

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

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Help asylum seekers in detention get the medical care they need 18 May 2017

In late 2016 PIAC launched the Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project to help people who are suffering in Australian immigration detention centres without access to the medical and mental health care they need. Marco* is one of our clients. 33... Read More

Electricity reform welcome: consumers need to retain a strong voice in electricity price-setting

20 Jun 2017

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has welcomed the Australian Government’s proposed reforms to reduce electricity bills, and emphasised the...

No time to waste: act on Finkel to reduce electricity prices

16 Jun 2017

Electricity price rises approaching 20% highlight the urgent need for the Commonwealth to support the recommendations of the Finkel review,...

Finkel review: mixed news for consumers

9 Jun 2017

The highly anticipated Finkel review into the security of the national electricity market is a mixed bag for consumers, with...