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Demand Response Rule Change: Consumers set to save from energy market shake-up

July 18, 2019

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre, The Australia Institute and Total Environment Centre have today welcomed a draft rule by the Australian Energy Market Commission (the Commission) that will increase competition in the wholesale energy market, lower emissions and prevent blackouts. … read more

Life insurers must end unlawful mental health discrimination, following VEOHRC report

June 12, 2019

PIAC’s Mental Health and Insurance Project has welcomed changes by several major travel insurers that will prevent discrimination against people with mental health conditions, but called for urgent action to end widespread discrimination by life insurers. ‘The removal of outdated … read more

Sri Lankan conflict mapping report highlights work to be done for transitional justice

May 14, 2019

A decade since the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, a landmark report has been released detailing thousands of examples of reported human rights violations in Sri Lanka between 1983 and 2009. It is the most comprehensive report on … read more

AER decision a missed opportunity to reduce energy bills

May 1, 2019

PIAC’s Energy + Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program (EWCAP) has said that the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) final determination on Default Market Offer (DMO) prices, issued this week, is a lost opportunity to deliver fairer retail bills for NSW consumers. ‘While … read more

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

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