Archive of posts tagged 'legislation'

Protecting people from racism and ensuring freedom of speech.

May 9, 2014

In this submission on the Exposure Draft of the Freedom of Speech (Repeal of s18C) Bill 2014, PIAC recommends significant amendments to the proposed legislation. Although PIAC supports the Attorney-General’s stated objects of reform, it does not believe that the … read more

Equality before the law for people with disability.

January 21, 2014

This submission is in response to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s review of equal recognition before the law and legal capacity for people with disability. Anti-discrimination law is a key area of focus of the submission. Based on PIAC’s experience, … read more

Getting closer: improving rights for all of us.

June 5, 2013

This submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs draws on PIAC’s casework experience in discrimination law, particularly in relation to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.  PIAC commends the Australian Government on the introduction, for … read more

Regulating racial vilification in NSW:

March 15, 2013

This submission to the Legislative Council Standing Committee on Law and Justice Inquiry into racial vilification laws in NSW draws on PIAC’s extensive casework experience in discrimination law.  PIAC believes that racial vilification laws are important to provide for substantive … read more

Submission in response to Ombudsman NSW Issues Paper: Summary Offences Act 1988 Section 9: Continuation of intoxicated and disorderly behaviour following move on direction

March 7, 2013

This submission states that HPLS remains concerned that the amendments to theSummary Offences Act 1988 have the potential to have a impact on homeless people, particularly those in primary homelessness who spend much of their time living and sleeping in public places. This … read more

Submission to the inquiry into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Peoples Recognition Bill 2012

March 7, 2013

PIAC‘s submission to the inquiry into Aboriginal Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012  draws on PIAC‘s earlier submission to the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal Strait Islander Peoples.  PIAC supports reform of the Australian Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait … read more

A Mental Health Act for the 21st Century

January 4, 2013

The submission responds to the issues raised in the Discussion Paper: Issues arising under the Mental Health Act 2007 (NSW) (‘the MHA’). The submission maintains that legislative review process of the MHA should take place with close reference to the … read more

Review of Freedom of Information laws

December 14, 2012

Submission to statutory review of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010. PIAC’s submission to the statutory review of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 draws on PIAC’s earlier submissions … read more

Inquiry into potential reforms of National Security Legislation:

August 29, 2012

  The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is currently undertaking an Inquiry into potential reforms of national security legislation. Amongst the reforms, are proposals to: expand the basis of telecommunication interception activities; simplify information sharing between agencies; and expand … read more

Statutory review of Graffiti Control Act 2008 (NSW)

August 29, 2012

PIAC recognises that minimising graffiti production is a widespread community concern and that the Graffiti Control Act plays an important part in controlling and minimising the proliferation of graffiti in NSW. However, PIAC believes the penalty regime does not currently … read more

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