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The Sri Lankan civil war a decade on

May 29, 2019

‘While the Australian nation was transfixed by the federal election on May 18 a tragic anniversary rolled by unnoticed. ‘May 18 marked a decade since the civil war in Sri Lanka ended. ‘After twenty five years of bloodshed the Liberation … read more

Human rights cases still unresolved ten years after Sri Lankan civil war

May 15, 2019

‘This weekend marks 10 years since the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, in which Sri Lankan Government forces fought the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, known as the Tamil Tigers, for 26 years.’ ‘In the decade since the … 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.’

Secret recordings allege excessive force by guards in Australia’s detention centres

March 25, 2019

‘Leaked video, audio and images have revealed allegations of excessive force and harassment inside Australia’s network of onshore detention centres.’ ‘Last year the federal court overruled a ban on detainees having phones, which has allowed snippets of life inside the … read more

‘Penalties masquerading as discounts’: Time’s up for energy bill rort

February 20, 2019

Energy retailers are set to be banned from using controversial billing practices under a crackdown on so-called discounts that consumer rights advocates say are “exploitative”. The federal government this week directed the energy regulator to look into unfair electricity and … read more

Energy users could be paid to reduce use

February 5, 2019

‘Consumers could be paid for reducing the amount of electricity they use to help the grid during peak demand in an industry change being considered by the market’s rule maker…The rule change was requested by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, … read more

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.

Struggling families cut off from utilities being pushed further into debt, new report shows

November 22, 2018

‘Struggling families without electricity are cutting back on groceries, maxing credit cards, ­delaying medical appointments and even getting loans from pawnbrokers to get reconnected to the grid.’ ‘A new report on electricity, gas and water disconnections has found utility companies … 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….’

We don’t want the right to sack gay teachers, say Australia’s most senior Anglican leaders

November 15, 2018

…’On Wednesday, a coalition of lawyers including the Human Rights Law Centre, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and numerous community legal organisations wrote to Mr Porter urging him to dump the “flawed” and “unnecessary” loophole.’ ‘A dozen academics from the … read more

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