Discrimination

Archive of posts in the 'Discrimination' category

Commonwealth Bank settles discrimination claim by blind Australians over touchpad devices

January 16, 2019

In 2016 two blind Australians launched a discrimination case against the Commonwealth Bank, arguing a touch screen device used in many stores and restaurants was virtually impossible for them to use safely and securely.

A step in the right direction: CBA to improve accessibility of ‘Albert’ EFTPOS machines

January 10, 2019

Legal action challenging the accessibility of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s touch-screen ‘Albert’ EFTPOS machines for people who are blind or vision impaired has settled, with the CBA agreeing to introduce a range of changes to ensure better accessibility of … read more

Religious Freedom Review – details will be critical and LGBT students left waiting

December 13, 2018

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre cautiously welcomes the long-awaited release of the Religious Freedom Review, and elements of the Government’s response. ‘We are pleased to see the Government’s commitment to including religious belief as a protected attribute in anti-discrimination law. … read more

Protecting LGBT students against discrimination should be simple. Is Commonwealth Parliament up to the task?

December 5, 2018

The issue of discrimination by religious institutions can appear complex. Ensuring we protect religious freedom while upholding the right to non-discrimination requires balance and nuance. But some things are clear. The treatment of LGBT students in religious schools is one … read more

Police powers: hearing today on excessive ‘bail compliance checks’

November 29, 2018

In this edition Police powers: hearing today on excessive ‘bail compliance checks’;  Report: Utility disconnections hitting struggling families hardest;  Senate Inquiry Recommends Protection for LGBT Students;  Child protection reforms pass NSW Parliament;  Thanks Macquarie Bank!;  2019 Social Justice Dinner – … read more

ALP’s Student Discrimination Bill an Important First Step

November 29, 2018

PIAC has welcomed the ALP’s Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018, introduced by Senator Penny Wong in the Senate this afternoon. ‘This Bill effectively ensures LGBT students can no longer be discriminated against by religious schools simply … read more

Senate Inquiry Recommends Protection for LGBT Students

November 27, 2018

PIAC has welcomed the findings of the Senate Inquiry into Anti-Discrimination Exceptions for Religious Schools, handed down today. ‘The Committee’s report is another step forward in making schools free from discrimination’, said PIAC CEO, Jonathon Hunyor. ‘In particular, we welcome … read more

Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee Inquiry into Anti-Discrimination Exceptions for Religious Schools

November 26, 2018

Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee Inquiry into Anti-Discrimination Exceptions for Religious Schools PIAC’s submission argues that the religious exceptions contained in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984(Cth) currently do not strike an appropriate balance between the protection … read more

Ending LGBT discrimination at religious schools: PIAC evidence to Senate Inquiry

November 20, 2018

Appearing before a Senate inquiry yesterday, PIAC has highlighted the changes required to end discrimination against LGBT students, teachers and staff at religious schools. PIAC CEO, Jonathon Hunyor said that the current approach in both the Sex Discrimination Act and … read more

ACT discrimination law changes ‘could be model for Commonwealth’

November 15, 2018

‘Changes to the ACT’s discrimination laws fall short of protecting the LGBTI community from religious discrimination in hospitals and aged care facilities, analysis from the Public Interest Advocacy Centre indicates….’

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