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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 houses to conduct random ‘bail compliance checks’ without a court order. The case, Dargin and … read more

Protecting LGBT students against discrimination should be simple. Is Commonwealth Parliament up to the task?

December 5, 2018

The issue of discrimination by religious institutions can appear complex. Ensuring we protect religious freedom while upholding the right to non-discrimination requires balance and nuance. But some things are clear. The treatment of LGBT students in religious schools is one … read more

ALP’s Student Discrimination Bill an Important First Step

November 29, 2018

PIAC has welcomed the ALP’s Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018, introduced by Senator Penny Wong in the Senate this afternoon. ‘This Bill effectively ensures LGBT students can no longer be discriminated against by religious schools simply … read more

Police powers: hearing today on excessive ‘bail compliance checks’

November 29, 2018

PIAC is challenging in court the powers of police to conduct ‘bail compliance checks’ at people’s homes without a court order. The case, Dargan and Green v the State of NSW, arises from concerns that police have conducting excessive and invasive … read more

Senate Inquiry Recommends Protection for LGBT Students

November 27, 2018

PIAC has welcomed the findings of the Senate Inquiry into Anti-Discrimination Exceptions for Religious Schools, handed down today. ‘The Committee’s report is another step forward in making schools free from discrimination’, said PIAC CEO, Jonathon Hunyor. ‘In particular, we welcome … read more

Ending LGBT discrimination at religious schools: PIAC evidence to Senate Inquiry

November 20, 2018

Appearing before a Senate inquiry yesterday, PIAC has highlighted the changes required to end discrimination against LGBT students, teachers and staff at religious schools. PIAC CEO, Jonathon Hunyor said that the current approach in both the Sex Discrimination Act and … read more

Opinion: Why we should be concerned about the NSW adoption reforms

November 14, 2018

This week, the NSW Government will seek to pass sweeping changes through Parliament that will make it easier for children to be adopted without the consent of their parents and harder for parents to have their children restored to their … read more

The Government’s Amendments about LGBT Students are Flawed. Here’s why.

October 26, 2018

There is now bipartisan agreement that LGBT students in religious schools should be protected against discrimination. However, there is significant disagreement about how this should be achieved. The Government’s proposed amendments have been published in the media. For the reasons … read more

Sri Lanka: new transitional justice mechanism bill on reparations passed

October 22, 2018

In October 2018, the Sri Lankan Parliament passed a bill establishing an Office for Reparations. This was one of the transitional justice mechanisms identified by the United Nations Human Rights Council in its landmark 2015 consensus resolution on Sri Lanka, … read more

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