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Secret NSW Police policy harmful to young people

October 25, 2017

A NSW Police policy that aims to predict and prevent future crime is causing serious harm to young people and undermines the objectives of the NSW youth justice system, a new report has found. The report, released today by the … read more

Ending mental health insurance discrimination: VEOHRC inquiry welcome

October 25, 2017

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre welcomes the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into unlawful discrimination against people with mental health conditions by the Victorian travel insurance industry, announced today. Many Australians are unaware that most travel insurance … read more

Electricity price win for Victorian consumers

October 19, 2017

Victorian households have avoided further increases to their electricity bills following decisions by the Australian Competition Tribunal released this week. The Tribunal rejected arguments by the five Victorian Distribution Networks that they should be allowed to recover an extra $345 … read more

National Energy Guarantee an opportunity for sensible discussion on reliability vs cost

October 18, 2017

Following the announcement of the Turnbull Government’s National Energy Guarantee, PIAC’s Energy and Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program (EWCAP) has called for the interests of people, not coal, to be kept at the centre of the debate on energy reliability and … read more

Battery warranties leave consumers in the dark: Report

October 12, 2017

New research released today has revealed that a majority of residential battery storage systems commonly sold in Australia have warranties that breach Australian Consumer law and some could be inappropriate in the hot Australian climate. Ensuring Consumer Protections for Purchasers … read more

High Court declares government’s same-sex marriage vote lawful

September 7, 2017

The High Court of Australia has confirmed that the government’s decision to hold and fund the postal vote on same-sex marriage is lawful. PIAC represented Andrew Wilkie, Member for Denison, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and Felicity … read more

High Court hearing in same-sex marriage postal vote challenge begins today

September 5, 2017

The High Court of Australia, sitting in Melbourne, will today begin hearing challenges to the government’s postal vote on same-sex marriage. The hearing is expected to take two days. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Human Rights Law Centre … read more

Electricity bill relief package welcome news for households doing it tough

September 4, 2017

PIAC’s Energy + Water Consumers Advocacy Program (EWCAP) has welcomed the NSW electricity bill relief package, announced yesterday. EWCAP Team Leader, Craig Memery said that the full package, which includes a combination of rebates and discounts for low-income households and … read more

Hearing tomorrow in High Court case to stop same-sex marriage postal vote

September 4, 2017

The High Court in Melbourne will tomorrow begin hearing cases brought by PIAC and the Human Rights Law Centre to stop the same-sex marriage postal vote. The hearing is expected to take two days. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre and … read more

Speech to ACCC electricity supply & prices inquiry public forum

August 15, 2017

Jonathon Hunyor, CEO, Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Sydney, 14 August 2017. Thank you to the ACCC for the invitation to speak this evening. We are grateful for the opportunity and commend the inclusive and rigorous approach that the Commission has … read more

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