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Thought our treatment of asylum seekers couldn’t get any worse?

June 17, 2018

Editorial in the Sunday Age: ‘This newspaper has argued for years that the treatment by successive Australian governments of people seeking asylum will come to be seen as one of the most shameful chapters in our history. Our resolve to … read more

‘Real and tragic consequences’: asylum seekers left untreated for hepatitis C

June 13, 2018

The doctors who examined Wissam Jadiri when he came to Australia by boat in 2013 detected his elevated liver enzymes right away. But it took more than four years, countless flights and threats of a federal court case for the … read more

Blind woman takes Commonwealth Bank to court over ‘inaccessible’ EFTPOS machines

March 21, 2018

Would you trust a stranger with your bank PIN? It’s a question Nadia Mattiazzo is forced to ask herself daily… Key points: Commonwealth Bank facing lawsuit alleging discrimination over touchscreen EFTPOS machines Blind and vision-impaired people say terminals are virtually … 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

Smith’s same-sex marriage bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a workable compromise

December 7, 2017

By PIAC CEO Jonathon Hunyor ‘The same-sex marriage postal survey is almost at an end. The survey process has closed and we await the result on 15 November. But despite having put the LGBTI community through a protracted, unnecessary, unfair … read more

Lessons From The NT Royal Commission Must Be Learnt Across The Nation

November 23, 2017

‘The NT Royal Commission’s final Report, released November 17, is an indictment of the NT Government’s failure to protect the most vulnerable children and young people in its care. Importantly, it has also drawn attention to the national crisis in … read more

Rainbows bright at firms

November 17, 2017

‘A “fairly sedate afternoon tea” might have been the order of the day for Australia’s chief statistician David Kalisch after revealing the historic Yes vote, but for lawyers it was bubbles.’ ‘Public Interest Advocacy Centre CEO Jonathon Hunyor says his … read more

More than 50% of those on secretive NSW police blacklist are Aboriginal

November 11, 2017

‘More than half the people on a secretive New South Wales police blacklist are Aboriginal, the state’s top law enforcement officer has revealed.’ ”The NSW police commissioner, Mick Fuller, says about 55% of people who are currently the subject of … read more

Children as young as 10 ‘on secret NSW Police blacklist’; suspects ‘routinely harassed’

October 26, 2017

People as young as 10 are being included on a secretive blacklist kept by New South Wales Police, which experts say is criminalising children. Lawyers from the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) … read more

Children as young as 10 on “secret police blacklist”: study

October 26, 2017

NSW Police are keeping a secretive blacklist of people, including children as young as 10, who they suspect may be at risk of committing crimes in the future. Legal academics from the University of New South Wales and the Public … read more


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