Asylum seeker settles handcuffing case against the Commonwealth

Asylum seeker and PIAC client Yasir* has settled a claim against the Commonwealth and security contractor Serco over his treatment in Australian immigration detention. PIAC alleged the requirement that Yasir wear handcuffs to attend essential medical appointments was unlawful and a form of disability discrimination. While the terms of the settlement are confidential, Yasir is […]

UN asked to rule on whether NDIS age cap is a human rights breach

Dr Peter Freckleton, an Australian with a severe and permanent disability, is alleging the Australian Government is discriminating against him by denying him access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) because of his age. In a complaint to the UN, Dr Freckleton says this breaches his fundamental right to protection from discrimination under the […]

Unreasonable, unjust, oppressive and improperly discriminatory: watchdog blasts police on STMP

A scathing report from the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) says NSW Police use of the Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP) against young people ‘amounted to agency maladministration’ and ‘could possibly meet the threshold for serious misconduct’. It recognises the STMP policy followed by police was unreasonable, unjust, oppressive and improperly discriminatory in its effect […]

Leading Organisations come together to #RaiseTheAge in NSW

A coalition has come together in NSW to call on the NSW Government to raise the age of criminal responsibility to at least 14. The group includes First Nations organisations, legal and human rights organisations, peak bodies in the non-government sector and unions. They bring a deep understanding of the impact of criminalising children along […]

Police must act to close the gap: LECC report highlights discriminatory policing

A new report from police oversight body the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) emphasises that NSW Police need to do more to reduce the stark overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in contact with the criminal justice system. The NSW Police Force Aboriginal Strategic Direction 2018-2023 monitoring report highlights several areas where NSW Police have failed to […]

Legal Academics, experts, and advocates issue an open letter urging the NSW Government to implement mental health policing reforms.

Legal Academics, legal experts, and social justice advocates representing community legal centres, legal services and organisations, law faculties, and advocacy groups have collectively signed an open letter (PDF on Redfern Legal Centre website) calling on the NSW Government to fund trained mental health experts as first responders to mental health crises.  Among the 85-plus signatories […]

Eraring extension unnecessary: Government has cheaper, cleaner options

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has called on the NSW Government to adopt a program of reliable, sustainable energy solutions rather than extend the life of the Eraring coal-fired power station.   There is growing speculation Eraring will be subsidised to operate beyond its planned 2025 closing date due to perceived risks to reliability of […]

Groundbreaking website to empower First Nations truth telling in Australia

Towards Truth is the first attempt to document and analyse the vast catalogue of laws and government policies that have impacted the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people since colonisation Towards Truth will empower First Nations-led truth telling and help all Australians understand our shared history The Towards Truth website is a partnership […]

No time for tinkering: PIAC calls for rewrite of NSW discrimination law as Law Reform Commission review announced

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) welcomes today’s announcement in Question Time that NSW Attorney-General Michael Daley has asked the NSW Law Reform Commission to review the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. ‘The Anti-Discrimination Act is failing in its most basic duty – to adequately protect people against discrimination as they go about their daily lives,’ PIAC […]

NSW religious vilification reforms ‘too broad and need further amendment’

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre acknowledges the need to protect people of minority faiths in NSW against vilification but believes the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Vilification) Bill 2023, introduced this morning by Attorney General Michael Daley, is too broad. ‘The scope of these proposed reforms is broader than most other Australian jurisdictions, including Victoria and Queensland,’ […]