News and commentary

Homelessness in NSW up by 37% since 2011

March 15, 2018

Alarming new statistics on homelessness, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, reveal a sharp increase in homelessness in NSW in recent years, with a particularly worrying rise in the number of older women experiencing homelessness. PIAC’s Senior … read more

Thank you Danielle Hobday, PIAC’s 2017 Indigenous secondee

March 14, 2018

We are very grateful to Danielle Hobday, who leaves us this week after 12 months at PIAC as part of a joint PIAC/ Australian Government Solicitor initiative to support up-and-coming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early-career lawyers. Through this program, … read more

Homeless women: #metoo and the need to look beyond rough sleepers

March 8, 2018

The recent City of Sydney Street Count found that the number of people sleeping rough in inner Sydney has decreased by 24 percent compared to the same time last year. That translates to 100 less people sleeping on the streets. … read more

Social Justice Dinner 2018 – thank you!

March 2, 2018

Thank you to everyone who supported PIAC at the 2018 Social Justice Dinner on Thursday. It was a wonderful event that highlighted the work that PIAC does with its partners and supporters to promote social justice. We are especially grateful … read more

Yes, but Never Again

February 28, 2018

Marriage equality was finally passed by the Commonwealth Parliament on 7 December 2017. That followed the Government’s three-month postal survey, which culminated in the announcement of an emphatic 61.6% Yes vote on 15 November. It is important to remember, however, … 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

PIAC’s Tim Harrison runner up in Gill Owen Essay Prize

February 16, 2018

Tim Harrison, from PIAC’s Energy + Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program (EWCAP), has been awarded runner-up in the inaugural Gill Owen Essay Prize for his essay Energy efficiency programs: an equitable choice. Tim’s essay outlined the links between energy inefficient dwellings … read more

Flawed: Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill

February 9, 2018

PIAC has joined with other charities and non-government organisations in criticising the Commonwealth Government’s Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017. In its submission to the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, PIAC identified serious flaws … read more

January 26: PIAC supports changing the date

January 22, 2018

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre supports changing the date of Australia’s national day from 26 January. Our national day should be one that is truly inclusive. It should reflect and respect our social and cultural diversity and promote reconciliation. Unfortunately, … read more

AHRC releases Villawood and Yongah Hill inspection reports

January 10, 2018

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released its latest inspection reports of the immigration detention facilities at Villawood and Yongah Hill, a large facility outside of Perth. Key issues addressed in the reports concern treatment of immigration detainees, conditions of … read more


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