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Cover-More: breakthrough in battle to end mental illness travel insurance discrimination

July 5, 2017

PIAC has welcomed changes to Cover-More Australia’s international travel insurance cover which signal a big step forward in the battle to get insurance companies to end systemic discrimination against people with mental health conditions. Many travel insurance policies have blanket … read more

Electricity reform welcome: consumers need to retain a strong voice in electricity price-setting

June 20, 2017

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has welcomed the Australian Government’s proposed reforms to reduce electricity bills, and emphasised the importance of consumers retaining a seat at the table in electricity network price determinations. ‘For too long Network businesses have … read more

No time to waste: act on Finkel to reduce electricity prices

June 16, 2017

Electricity price rises approaching 20% highlight the urgent need for the Commonwealth to support the recommendations of the Finkel review, in order to stave-off further hikes that have the potential to devastate disadvantaged households. Craig Memery, Team Leader at PIAC’s … read more

Finkel review: mixed news for consumers

June 9, 2017

The highly anticipated Finkel review into the security of the national electricity market is a mixed bag for consumers, with price-reducing and security-enhancing initiatives tempered by some ideas that appear short-sighted and will cost consumers more, according to Craig Memery, … read more

Ending school uniform discrimination

May 30, 2017

Following a discrimination claim against John Palmer Public School, a Sydney mum, Melissa Mibus, is calling on the NSW Department of Education to require all public schools to provide pants and shorts options for girls as part of their official … read more

Electricity prices to rise following disappointing court decision

May 24, 2017

Electricity bills in Sydney, and possibly other parts of New South Wales, will rise above current levels following a decision by the Full Federal Court today. ‘While the exact price implications of today’s decision are unclear, these bill increases will … read more

Urgent need for more legal services for DV victims: Report

March 6, 2017

More resources are needed to address the complex legal needs of women escaping domestic violence, according to a new report, released today by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. The report comes at a time when community legal centres, which are … read more

Time to end mental health insurance discrimination

February 24, 2017

Speaking at the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Life Insurance Industry today, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has called for an end to discriminatory policies and practices in the life insurance industry that have led to unfair treatment of people … read more

Labor support for community legal centres a welcome start

February 24, 2017

Community Legal Centres NSW (CLCNSW) have welcomed today’s announcement of the Australian Labor Party’s commitment to campaigning against Federal funding cuts to community legal centres, due to commence on 1 July 2017. The announcement was made at a meeting in … read more

NSW Stolen Generations reparations scheme welcome

December 2, 2016

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of a limited reparations scheme for members of the Stolen Generations. PIAC has called for reparations over many years, most recently in a detailed submission to the inquiry by … read more