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Mental health discrimination: calls for life insurers be held to account

April 10, 2018

In a landmark report released on 27 March 2018, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services has recommended a range of initiatives to improve the way the life insurance industry deals with issues relating to mental health. Key … read more

Opinion: Public housing in NSW – a tragic game of musical chairs

April 6, 2018

By Dr Louis Schetzer, Senior Policy Officer in PIAC’s Homeless Persons’ Legal Service As a kid I intensely disliked the game musical chairs. There was something in the underlying premise of the game that offended my childhood sensibilities – a … read more

More than a court case – my experience working with PIAC’s Homeless Persons Legal Service

March 23, 2018

By Sydney University Law student, Anneliese Harris. ‘How do you help a homeless person facing criminal charges?’ If you had asked me this question a month ago, my answer would have probably been centred around generic statements about submissions and representation … read more

Homelessness in NSW up by 37% since 2011

March 15, 2018

Alarming new statistics on homelessness, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, reveal a sharp increase in homelessness in NSW in recent years, with a particularly worrying rise in the number of older women experiencing homelessness. PIAC’s Senior … read more

Thank you Danielle Hobday, PIAC’s 2017 Indigenous secondee

March 14, 2018

We are very grateful to Danielle Hobday, who leaves us this week after 12 months at PIAC as part of a joint PIAC/ Australian Government Solicitor initiative to support up-and-coming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early-career lawyers. Through this program, … read more

Homeless women: #metoo and the need to look beyond rough sleepers

March 8, 2018

The recent City of Sydney Street Count found that the number of people sleeping rough in inner Sydney has decreased by 24 percent compared to the same time last year. That translates to 100 less people sleeping on the streets. … read more

Social Justice Dinner 2018 – thank you!

March 2, 2018

Thank you to everyone who supported PIAC at the 2018 Social Justice Dinner on Thursday. It was a wonderful event that highlighted the work that PIAC does with its partners and supporters to promote social justice. We are especially grateful … read more

Yes, but Never Again

February 28, 2018

Marriage equality was finally passed by the Commonwealth Parliament on 7 December 2017. That followed the Government’s three-month postal survey, which culminated in the announcement of an emphatic 61.6% Yes vote on 15 November. It is important to remember, however, … read more

Victory for public access to Crown Land: Talus St Reserve case settles

February 23, 2018

Five years of litigation over the management of Talus St Reserve in Naremburn has finally settled, ending a case that highlights widespread systemic issues with the use and management of Crown Land in NSW. The case was brought by members … read more

PIAC’s Tim Harrison runner up in Gill Owen Essay Prize

February 16, 2018

Tim Harrison, from PIAC’s Energy + Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program (EWCAP), has been awarded runner-up in the inaugural Gill Owen Essay Prize for his essay Energy efficiency programs: an equitable choice. Tim’s essay outlined the links between energy inefficient dwellings … read more


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