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No interest loan plan puts roof-top solar within reach of struggling households

February 11, 2019

PIAC’s Energy + Water Consumer Advocacy Program (EWCAP) has welcomed the New South Wales Government’s commitment to provide no-interest loans for households to access solar and batteries, announced on Sunday. ‘This program will provide welcome relief for people struggling with … read more

Federal Government must fix gaping hole in the Disability Discrimination Act

February 11, 2019

People with disability have been dealt a blow, with the Federal Government refusing to fix a significant problem with the law that stops discrimination in employment, education, transport and more. ‘We are deeply disappointed that the Federal Attorney-General has ruled … read more

Banking Royal Commission report signals to insurers: lift your game on mental health

February 6, 2019

PIAC has welcomed the Banking Royal Commission’s final report as a step towards addressing the unfair treatment of people with mental health conditions or symptoms. ‘For years, PIAC has been working with beyondblue and Mental Health Australia on behalf of … read more

One rule for every school – an end to LGBT discrimination in religious schools in 2019

January 23, 2019

PIAC has urged support for a Bill to end discrimination against LGBT students at all schools in a submission to the Senate Inquiry on the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018. PIAC has also called for these … read more

A step in the right direction: CBA to improve accessibility of ‘Albert’ EFTPOS machines

January 10, 2019

Legal action challenging the accessibility of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s touch-screen ‘Albert’ EFTPOS machines for people who are blind or vision impaired has settled, with the CBA agreeing to introduce a range of changes to ensure better accessibility of … read more

Religious Freedom Review – details will be critical and LGBT students left waiting

December 13, 2018

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre cautiously welcomes the long-awaited release of the Religious Freedom Review, and elements of the Government’s response. ‘We are pleased to see the Government’s commitment to including religious belief as a protected attribute in anti-discrimination law. … read more

Report: Utility disconnections hitting struggling families hardest

November 22, 2018

A new report on electricity, gas and water disconnections has found disconnecting people from utilities because they can’t afford to pay their bills hurts families that are already struggling, worsens the hardship experienced by people who are already living with … read more

NSW Government to rush through adoption reforms today

November 13, 2018

The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT (ALS) and PIAC have re-iterated their concerns about the NSW Government’s child protection and adoption reforms, which would have dire consequences for Aboriginal children and families. NSW Parliament will today consider a Bill amending the … read more

Legal experts say proposed discrimination law amendments will fail to protect LGBT children at religious schools

November 8, 2018

In an open letter to Attorney-General Christian Porter, leading legal academics and anti-discrimination law practitioners have strongly criticised aspects of the proposed amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (SDA) designed to deal with discrimination by religious schools against LGBT … read more

Urgent need for consultation on child protection changes to avoid dire consequences for Aboriginal children and families

October 31, 2018

The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT (ALS) and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) have joined forces to call on Members of the Legislative Council to refer a Bill amending child protection legislation for inquiry amidst concerns that the changes would … read more

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