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Letter in responses to ICAC Discussion Paper on the Regulation of Lobbying, Access and Influence in NSW

May 24, 2019

Letter in response to ICAC Discussion Paper on the Regulation of Lobbying, Access and Influence in NSW In PIAC’s short submission in response to this Discussion Paper we focused on a few issues which raise particular concerns around corruption and … read more

Legal gambit to cut charity funding

April 4, 2019

‘The federal government claims it lacks the constitutional power to fund advocacy activity, although it refuses to release its advice and legal experts uniformly reject the assertion. By Mike Seccombe.’

Opinion: Who’s afraid of advocacy?

April 1, 2019

By Jonathon Hunyor and Cassandra Goldie  Advocacy by independent groups in civil society is vital to a healthy democracy and makes for better government decisions and outcomes. Civil society plays a vital role in ensuring a more diverse range of … read more

Challenge continues to excessive bail compliance checks

March 21, 2019

PIAC’s challenge to the power of NSW police officers to conduct bail compliance checks without a Court order continues, with the NSW Court of Appeal setting aside the December 2018 decision of the District Court. The Court of Appeal decided … read more

Submission to NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the Adequacy of Youth Diversion Programs

March 23, 2018

PIAC’s submission to this inquiry drew heavily on previous work, including our submission to the 2017 Royal Commission into Indigenous Incarceration, as well as the report into NSW Police’s Suspect Target Management Plan. The submissions makes a number of recommendations … read more

Social Justice Dinner 2018 – thank you!

March 7, 2018

In this edition: Social Justice Dinner 2018 – thank you!;  The ‘nightmare’ EFTPOS machines that the CBA won’t change;  Opinion: NSW Anti-discrimination law arguably the worst of its kind;  Victory for public access to Crown Land: Talus St Reserve case … read more

Yes, but Never Again

February 28, 2018

Marriage equality was finally passed by the Commonwealth Parliament on 7 December 2017. That followed the Government’s three-month postal survey, which culminated in the announcement of an emphatic 61.6% Yes vote on 15 November. It is important to remember, however, … read more

Victory for public access to Crown Land: Talus St Reserve case settles

February 23, 2018

Five years of litigation over the management of Talus St Reserve in Naremburn has finally settled, ending a case that highlights widespread systemic issues with the use and management of Crown Land in NSW. The case was brought by members … read more

Flawed: Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill

February 9, 2018

PIAC has joined with other charities and non-government organisations in criticising the Commonwealth Government’s Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017. In its submission to the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, PIAC identified serious flaws … read more

Submission to Inquiry into Arrangements for the Postal Survey

January 31, 2018

PIAC’s submission, which was endorsed by Community Legal Centres NSW, raised several concerns about the same-sex marriage law postal survey held by the Commonwealth Government in late 2017. This included that the exercise was unnecessary and expensive, and that it … read more

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