PIAC in the news.
‘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.’
‘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
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
‘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
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 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
‘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….’
…’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
‘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
‘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…’