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Blind consumers launch discrimination case re CBA’s ‘nightmare’ EFTPOS machines

March 16, 2018

The Commonwealth Bank is facing disability discrimination cases in relation to their touchscreen ‘Albert’ EFTPOS machines after two consumers launched matters in the Federal Circuit Court, represented by PIAC, with the support of the Grata Fund. The consumers, Graeme Innes … read more

Homelessness in NSW up by 37% since 2011

March 15, 2018

Alarming new statistics on homelessness, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, reveal a sharp increase in homelessness in NSW in recent years, with a particularly worrying rise in the number of older women experiencing homelessness. PIAC’s Senior … read more

Thank you Danielle Hobday, PIAC’s 2017 Indigenous secondee

March 14, 2018

We are very grateful to Danielle Hobday, who leaves us this week after 12 months at PIAC as part of a joint PIAC/ Australian Government Solicitor initiative to support up-and-coming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early-career lawyers. Through this program, … read more

Homeless women: #metoo and the need to look beyond rough sleepers

March 8, 2018

The recent City of Sydney Street Count found that the number of people sleeping rough in inner Sydney has decreased by 24 percent compared to the same time last year. That translates to 100 less people sleeping on the streets. … 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

Social Justice Dinner 2018 – thank you!

March 2, 2018

Thank you to everyone who supported PIAC at the 2018 Social Justice Dinner on Thursday. It was a wonderful event that highlighted the work that PIAC does with its partners and supporters to promote social justice. We are especially grateful … 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

Albert makes me anxious: Why touchscreen eftpos can be a ‘nightmare’

February 27, 2018

The evening began so well, with dinner at a local Indian restaurant for his daughter’s birthday. But when it came time to pay, Martin Stewart got a sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach. Mr Stewart – who describes … read more

Commonwealth Bank continues to roll out inaccessible EFTPOS machines despite concerns of blind community

February 27, 2018

Negotiations between blindness peak groups and the Commonwealth Bank have been terminated after the bank refused to make changes to their ‘Albert’ EFTPOS machines to make them accessible to people who are blind or vision impaired. Blind Citizens Australia, together … 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

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