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Facing the outside world – the voices of those who exit prison into homelessness

May 19, 2017

By Louis Schetzer, Senior Policy Officer, Homelessness, Public Interest Advocacy Centre “All I’ve known is crime and drugs and jail. My home is jail. This is like my holiday, in there’s my home.” The interrelationship between homelessness, criminal offending, incarceration … read more

Help asylum seekers in detention get the medical care they need

May 18, 2017

In late 2016 PIAC launched the Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project to help people who are suffering in Australian immigration detention centres without access to the medical and mental health care they need. Marco* is one of our clients. 33 … read more

Submission to the UN: DV the most common cause of homelessness

May 10, 2017

Domestic and family violence is the most common cause of homelessness in Australia, according to the NGO report to the UN committee for Economic Social and Cultural Rights. This report has been submitted to the 2017 review of Australia’s fifth … read more

Nine year old asylum seeker settles case with immigration department

May 3, 2017

A nine-year-old asylum seeker who was held in immigration detention on Christmas Island has been awarded a settlement by the immigration department over claims her physical and mental health deteriorated in her 12 months on the island. The girl was … read more

Senate report: abuse, self-harm and neglect on Nauru

May 3, 2017

On 21 April 2017, the Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs delivered damning findings from a seven-month inquiry into allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers detained on Manus Island and Nauru. For the period under … read more

‘If I could say one thing’ – mental health and insurance

May 3, 2017

Nearly half of us will experience a mental illness at some point in our life. Despite the prevalence of these conditions, discrimination against people with mental illness remains widespread, particularly when it comes to insurance. For years we have worked … read more

Time to catch up on audio description for TV

May 2, 2017

Australia likes to think of itself as an inclusive country. In the last ten years, we have taken big steps toward greater inclusion for people with disabilities, including bipartisan support for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and the ratification of … read more

New clinics: Homeless Persons’ Legal Service

April 21, 2017

PIAC’s Homeless Persons Legal Service (HPLS) is set to start two new clinics in Kings Cross and Bondi, building on the network of clinics already operating at welfare agencies across Sydney and Newcastle. HPLS provides free legal advice to people … read more

Welcome news: ACCC review into electricity retail margins

March 28, 2017

PIAC has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a review into retail electricity prices in the National Energy Market, to be undertaken by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). PIAC has repeatedly called for a review into retail prices … read more

Voting rights: making polling places accessible to all

March 24, 2017

If you have a mobility disability and have had trouble accessing a polling booth in your electorate, PIAC wants to hear from you. We’re planning to take coordinated legal action to drive improvements to accessibility at polling places so that … read more

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