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Religious Discrimination Bill: radical and flawed

October 1, 2019

The Government’s Exposure Draft Religious Discrimination Bill represents a radical step that will undermine existing anti-discrimination protections and the integrity of Australia’s anti-discrimination law regime. PIAC released a detailed submission on the bill today, available here. ‘A Religious Discrimination Bill … read more

Cruise case settled: a win for travellers with disability

September 16, 2019

It will be easier for people with disability to access and enjoy cruises following the successful settlement of a claim against Royal Caribbean by Professor Justin Yerbury. Cruise company Royal Caribbean has committed to a range of important practical changes, … read more

LECC hearings to scrutinise excessive, invasive home visits by NSW Police

September 9, 2019

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) will today hold public hearings in relation to the use of ‘bail compliance checks’ by NSW police officers in Newcastle in 2014. PIAC has been acting for the people who were the subject of … read more

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 ‘The removal of outdated … read more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

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