News and commentary

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

Thanks for your support!

March 3, 2017

Thank you to all the people who contributed to making this year’s social justice dinner a great success. More than 280 people attended last night’s sold-out event at Doltone House, Jones Bay Warf. The evening was hosted by Zoe Norton … read more

Welcome news: 18C report confirms no need for substantive change

March 1, 2017

The report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights in relation to federal protections against racial discrimination and the complaint handling procedures of the Australian Human Rights Commission confirms that there is no compelling case for substantive change to … read more

More homeless people in the City of Sydney than ever before

February 24, 2017

Final numbers for the City of Sydney’s Street count, released today, show that there are more homeless people in the City of Sydney than ever before. Street count aims to collect up-to-date information about the number of homeless people in … read more

StreetCare join Minister for City of Sydney street count

February 22, 2017

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, members of StreetCare, PIAC’s consumer advisory group on homelessness, participated in the City of Sydney’s street count, accompanying Minister Pru Goward, and sharing their first-hand experience of homelessness. Street count aims to collect … read more

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

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