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Opinion: Who’s afraid of advocacy?

April 1, 2019

By Jonathon Hunyor and Cassandra Goldie Advocacy by independent groups in civil society is vital to a healthy democracy and makes for better government decisions and outcomes. Civil society plays a vital role in ensuring a more diverse range of … read more

Challenge continues to excessive bail compliance checks

March 21, 2019

PIAC’s challenge to the power of NSW police officers to conduct bail compliance checks without a Court order continues, with the NSW Court of Appeal setting aside the December 2018 decision of the District Court. The Court of Appeal decided … read more

Reducing homelessness: scheme helps 50 000 people out of debt

March 13, 2019

PIAC is delighted to note the success of the Work Development Order Scheme in reducing the impact of fines on people who are financially vulnerable. The scheme, adopted in NSW in 2011, allows people facing homelessness or who have other vulnerabilities to … read more

Using technology to support transitional justice in Sri Lanka

February 19, 2019

“Information Overload: How Technology Can Help Convert Raw Data into Rich Information for Transitional Justice Processes” written by PIAC staff members Daniela Gavshon and Erol Gorur, was recently published in of the International Journal of Transitional Justice. The article draws … read more

StreetCare endorses Homelessness NSW State Election Platform

February 15, 2019

PIAC’s consumer committee on homelessness, StreetCare, has welcomed Homelessness NSW’s State Election Platform 2018-2019. StreetCare Project Officer, Maddy Humphreys, said that the platform presented a clear set of priorities to prevent and address homelessness across the state. ‘StreetCare members, all … read more

PIAC Welcomes Passage of MedEvac Bill

February 13, 2019

PIAC welcomes the passage of the Home Affairs (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 by Commonwealth Parliament. Otherwise known as the ‘MedEvac Bill’, this legislation is an important step forward in Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum, including the requirement that people … read more

Welcome Maddy Humphreys

January 23, 2019

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre is very pleased to announce the appointment of Maddy Humphreys as our StreetCare Project Officer within the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service team. As someone with her own lived experience of homelessness, Maddy has been an active … 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

Court win stops excessive and invasive police checks

December 7, 2018

In a significant decision handed down on Tuesday, the District Court of NSW has confirmed that NSW Police do not have the power to enter people’s properties to conduct random ‘bail compliance checks’ without a court order. The case, Dargin and … read more

2019 Social Justice Dinner

December 6, 2018

  The Public Interest Advocacy Centre invites you to join us with MC Craig Reucassel and guest speaker Virginia Trioli at the 2019 Social Justice Dinner in celebration of PIAC’s work with our partners and supporters. The Social Justice Dinner is … read more

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