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‘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

Liberal Dave Sharma rejects giving religious schools right to expel gay students

October 18, 2018

‘The Liberal candidate for Wentworth, Dave Sharma, has rejected “any new measures” to extend religious schools’ power to expel gay students and sack gay teachers. ‘Sharma made the comments at a doorstop in Wentworth on Wednesday, as the Coalition struggled … read more

Banking royal commission: Insurers might be breaking anti-discrimination laws

September 8, 2018

‘Insurers are using eating disorders from teenage years, wedding anxiety symptoms and “low feelings” to deny coverage and claims on mental health grounds, potentially breaking anti-discrimination laws, mental health advocates say…’

AEMC mulls rule change to boost ‘demand response’ in National Electricity Market

September 6, 2018

‘The Australian Energy Market Commission is mulling a rule change that would accelerate the growth of demand response – an alternative source of power to conventional generation – and boost the grid’s resilience to supply squeezes and blackouts. ‘The Energy … read more

NSW public school will have pants option for girls

August 2, 2018

‘EVERY public school will be forced to offer girls the option of wearing shorts and pants instead of a dress under a statewide overhaul to the government’s uniform policy. ‘The new policy also mandates that schools give parents at least … read more

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