News and commentary

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

Discrimination law explainer: how to protect LGBTI students and teachers

October 17, 2018

How can we protect LGBT students and teachers from discrimination? Following reporting by Fairfax media of the recommendations of the Ruddock Review into religious freedom, attention has been focused on the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and … read more

Engaging with consumers: How do the energy distributors stack up?

September 18, 2018

Essential Energy has come out on top in PIAC’s first formal evaluation of the consumer engagement practices for the three electricity distribution businesses in NSW. Essential Energy, who received a 4 star rating, was closely followed by Endeavour on 3.5 … read more

Opinion: Royal Commission highlights appalling conduct of insurers re mental health

September 13, 2018

Round 6 of the Royal Commission into the Financial Services Industry opened this week, with the spotlight turning to insurers. Among the cache of reprehensible conduct laid out in the opening statement of Rowena Orr QC, was how life insurers … read more

Banking Royal Commission: insurers must end mental health discrimination

September 10, 2018

PIAC has called for urgent action by insurers to make policies and practices fair for people who have experienced a past or current symptom of a mental health condition, on the first day of the Banking Royal Commission’s hearings in … read more

Seminar: Litigating for Change

August 20, 2018

Presented by PIAC, UNSW Australian Human Rights Institute and Grata Fund. What is the role of litigation in creating change? Can our courts be a site of struggle? And how can lawyers work with others in civil society to protect human … read more

Mental Health Matters Forum

August 9, 2018

Thanks to everyone who came along to our forum on mental health and mental illness on Tuesday evening. The Mental Health Matters event was the fourth in an annual series of public forums that PIAC organises with Sydney Grammar School … read more


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