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ACCC review confirms electricity market not working for consumers

July 11, 2018

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has called on Australian governments to take strong action to bring down electricity prices and restore consumer confidence following the release of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry Final … read more

In the picture: TV networks to make sure Deaf community included in major announcements

June 15, 2018

Members of the Deaf community will now be able to take in major public broadcasts at the same time as family, friends and colleagues via Auslan interpretation, following a settlement between Deaf Australia and commercial television networks. Free TV, the … read more

New report calls for urgent reform to standard of care in immigration detention

June 13, 2018

A new report highlighting a lack of basic medical care provided to asylum seekers in Australia’s onshore immigration detention centres, has called for urgent legislation and practical measures to ensure that asylum seekers receive the same health care as the … read more

Time to end mental health discrimination by insurers: submission to the Banking Royal Commission

May 16, 2018

PIAC’s submission to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has highlighted widespread, systemic discrimination by insurers on the basis of mental health. PIAC has been working with beyondblue, Mental Health Australia and Victoria … read more

Blind consumers launch discrimination case re CBA’s ‘nightmare’ EFTPOS machines

March 16, 2018

The Commonwealth Bank is facing disability discrimination cases in relation to their touchscreen ‘Albert’ EFTPOS machines after two consumers launched matters in the Federal Circuit Court, represented by PIAC, with the support of the Grata Fund. The consumers, Graeme Innes … read more

Commonwealth Bank continues to roll out inaccessible EFTPOS machines despite concerns of blind community

February 27, 2018

Negotiations between blindness peak groups and the Commonwealth Bank have been terminated after the bank refused to make changes to their ‘Albert’ EFTPOS machines to make them accessible to people who are blind or vision impaired. Blind Citizens Australia, together … read more

Victory for public access to Crown Land: Talus St Reserve case settles

February 23, 2018

Five years of litigation over the management of Talus St Reserve in Naremburn has finally settled, ending a case that highlights widespread systemic issues with the use and management of Crown Land in NSW. The case was brought by members … read more

Insurers under mounting pressure to reform mental health practices

December 1, 2017

beyondblue, Mental Health Australia (MHA) and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) welcome the Federal Government’s royal commission into the financial services sector. The practices of insurance companies will be scrutinised as part of the royal commission into misconduct in the … read more

Banks Royal Commission should consider mental health insurance discrimination

November 29, 2017

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre has supported calls by Llew O’Brien, Member for Wide Bay, for mental health discrimination by insurance providers to be examined as part of any Royal Commission into the financial services industry. For years, PIAC has been working with beyondblue, Mental … read more

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

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