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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

NSW solar scheme welcome news for some low-income households

October 3, 2018

PIAC’s Energy + Water Consumer Advocacy Program (EWCAP) has welcomed the New South Wales Government’s efforts to help households with low incomes access rooftop solar systems through their $15 million solar program, announced on Friday. ‘This initiative recognises that removing … read more

Calls for greater transparency and accountability for secret ‘STMP’ policing policy and its impact on young people

September 21, 2018

PIAC has welcomed calls by a NSW Parliamentary Committee for greater transparency and accountability in relation to the way the NSW Police Force applies the Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP) to children and young people. The STMP is a secret … read more

Banking Royal Commission hears: TAL refuses to pay cancer claim and cancels income protection policy because of visits to psychologist

September 14, 2018

Unfair and discriminatory treatment by insurance companies has been under the spotlight at the Banking Royal Commission, with insurance company TAL being grilled in relation to their treatment of a client who made a claim for income protection while being … read more

Banking Royal Commission: insurers must end mental health discrimination

September 10, 2018

PIAC has called for urgent action by insurers to make policies and practices fair for people who have experienced a past or current symptom of a mental health condition, on the first day of the Banking Royal Commission’s hearings in … read more

NSW Government announces additional funding for community legal centres

August 1, 2018

PIAC has welcomed the release of the Cameron Review of Community Legal Centre Services and the response by the NSW Government, announced today by NSW Attorney General, Mark Speakman. PIAC CEO Jonathon Hunyor said ‘The Review is a very strong … read more

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