News and commentary

Our submission on 18C

February 10, 2017

PIAC’s CEO, Jonathon Hunyor, has appeared before the federal Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights as part of its inquiry into federal protections against racial discrimination and the complaint handling procedures of the Australian Human Rights Commission. PIAC appeared alongside … read more

Progress on detention conditions: OPCAT ratified

February 9, 2017

PIAC has welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). PIAC has called for the ratification of OPCAT over many years, most recently … read more

Northern Territory detention no place for children with disabilities

February 3, 2017

In 2016 PIAC was engaged to represent the First Peoples Disability Network (Australia) (FPDN) before the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. Young Indigenous people are significantly over-represented in the child protection and … read more

Sarah Ferguson and Tony Jones to speak at Social Justice Dinner

December 23, 2016

Please join us for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre’s Social Justice Dinner on Thursday 2 March 2017. The dinner is a celebration PIAC’s work and the contribution made by our supporters to advancing social justice in Australia. It also raises … read more

Open Government Partnership plan released

December 22, 2016

This month, the Australian government released its first National Action Plan under the Open Government Partnership. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, … read more

Homelessness increasing in NSW: research

December 6, 2016

The significant increase in number of people experiencing homelessness in NSW is the focus of the November edition of Parity, the national journal of the Council to Homeless Persons. The edition entitled Responding to Homelessness in NSW, features three articles … read more

Police misuse of tasers

November 24, 2016

PIAC has successfully settled civil proceedings against NSW police and Juvenile Justice NSW on behalf of a young man who was tasered by NSW Police while handcuffed and lying face-down on the ground after falling on the stairs at Blacktown … read more

Consumers should benefit from Desalination Plant savings

November 17, 2016

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is reviewing the Sydney Desalination Plant pricing proposal for 2017- 2022. The desalination plant was built during the last major drought to provide a secure source of water in the event that Sydney’s … read more

Length of time in immigration detention at record-high

November 17, 2016

A significant body of medical evidence exists to demonstrate that prolonged, indefinite immigration detention causes or exacerbates serious mental illness. The period of detention for asylum seekers in both onshore and offshore immigration centres has continued to rise under the … read more

No Fixed Address – Art from the streets

November 16, 2016

The Homeless Persons’ Legal Service (HPLS) has compiled a striking collection of artworks by artists who have experienced homelessness, in a new publication, No Fixed Address. The book is a record of the works exhibited at the ‘No Fixed Address’ … read more