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Electricity prices to rise following disappointing court decision

May 24, 2017

Electricity bills in Sydney, and possibly other parts of New South Wales, will rise above current levels following a decision by the Full Federal Court today. ‘While the exact price implications of today’s decision are unclear, these bill increases will … read more

Urgent need for more legal services for DV victims: Report

March 6, 2017

More resources are needed to address the complex legal needs of women escaping domestic violence, according to a new report, released today by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. The report comes at a time when community legal centres, which are … read more

Time to end mental health insurance discrimination

February 24, 2017

Speaking at the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Life Insurance Industry today, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has called for an end to discriminatory policies and practices in the life insurance industry that have led to unfair treatment of people … read more

Labor support for community legal centres a welcome start

February 24, 2017

Community Legal Centres NSW (CLCNSW) have welcomed today’s announcement of the Australian Labor Party’s commitment to campaigning against Federal funding cuts to community legal centres, due to commence on 1 July 2017. The announcement was made at a meeting in … read more

NSW Stolen Generations reparations scheme welcome

December 2, 2016

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of a limited reparations scheme for members of the Stolen Generations. PIAC has called for reparations over many years, most recently in a detailed submission to the inquiry by … read more

Electricity price win for South Australian consumers

October 28, 2016

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre and South Australian Council of Social Service have welcomed today’s decision by the Australian Competition Tribunal in relation to South Australian electricity network prices. Earlier today the Australian Competition Tribunal upheld the October 2015 determination … read more

Stop insurance discrimination against people with mental health conditions

October 13, 2016

Joint media release with beyoneblue and Mental Health Australia. How many more concessions and delays does the insurance industry want when it comes to reforming their unfair and outdated practices and attitudes to mental health? For years, beyondblue, Mental Health … read more

Once in a decade opportunity to tackle homelessness

September 8, 2016

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre has welcomed the NSW Government’s discussion paper on homelessness, ‘Foundations for Change,’ as a once in a decade opportunity to reduce homelessness in NSW. PIAC runs the Homeless Persons Legal Service and provides advice to … read more

About time: reparations for the Stolen Generations long overdue

June 23, 2016

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) cautiously welcomes the NSW Legislative Council Standing Committee’s recommendation to establish a reparations scheme for the Stolen Generations. PIAC calls for this reparations scheme to be established urgently. ‘We are pleased to see that … read more

Households in the dark

June 8, 2016

Today, the St Vincent de Paul Society and Alvis Consulting released a report mapping electricity disconnections across New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and South East Queensland.  PIAC supports calls for the NSW Government to review the Energy Accounts Payment … read more