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UN cautions Australia over welfare policies - 14 February 2018

UN's Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty has delivered a scathing assessment of Australia's welfare policies describing them as 'punitive' and harmful to women. He accuses the government of pursuing policies that 'stigmatise' and 'marginalise' poorer sections of society. > More

25 years of the Disability Discrimination Act: Panel Discussion - 14 February 2018

The 25th anniversary of the commencement of the operation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (DDA) will occur on 1 March 2018. To celebrate, the Australian Human Rights Commission will be hosting a panel discussion at PWC's Barangaroo Offices in Sydney on this day. The event will include a facilitated panel discussion on the successes and challenges of the DDA. > More

Round 1 of Law and Justice Foundation grants program now open - 24 January 2018

The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW's Grants Program aims to improve access to justice, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people, by supporting selected projects to improve access and decrease barriers to justice, or through research, to identify need or ways to improve access to justice.The first grant round for 2018 opened on Tuesday 23 January and closes at 5pm, Saturday 31 March 2018. For more information, download our flyer or email > More

New $45 million Victorian plan to 'break cycle' of homelessness - 18 January 2018

A $45 million state government initiative targeting Victorians sleeping rough has been hailed a -critical turning point- in the ongoing battle to combat the chronic issue of homelessness. > More

NLAF Highlights Report (September to December) now available - 18 January 2018

View our newsletter for all the latest news of the NSW Legal Assistance Forum. > More

Housing is a human rights issue and 2018 must be the year to address it - 10 January 2018

Homelessness is on the rise, even in the world's richest countries. We are at a critical moment. Globally, housing conditions have never been this fraught. Homelessness and its accompanying death toll are on the rise, while the number of vacant homes owned by corporate and high net worth investors continues to grow. Data from Australia indicates a whopping 1 million vacant investor homes. > More

Jail challenge lies ahead for Tasmania - 10 January 2018

Simply throwing criminals in jail doesn't solve the underlying problems of law and order, experts say. > More

Bourke police helping reduce domestic violence with Operation Solidarity - 4 January 2018

Community collaboration to stem crime in Bourke is being hailed with violent offence rates the lowest they have been in decades. The latest crime figures have shown a plummet of almost 25 per cent in domestic violence related offences in the past 24 months to June this year. > More

The year's creeping tide of racism - 3 January 2018

Was 2017 the year of the white supremacist? There are signs that intolerance, prejudice and hatred may be on the rise. White supremacist and anti-immigrant groups, inspired by global developments, have been operating in open view, in ways unseen for two decades. > More

Prisons at breaking point but Australia is still addicted to incarceration - 3 January 2018

The Guardian reports that even as crime rates fall, jails all over the country are experiencing significant overcrowding at vast costs to taxpayers. > More

The dignity of people behind bars should never be negotiable - 20 December 2017

December 17 marks two years since the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the Nelson Mandela Rules, the minimum standards for how we should treat people behind bars. And so it is fitting that today we judge our nation through Mandela's eyes, how we choose to treat the men, women and children who are locked away in prisons across Australia. > More

Guilty Plea Reforms and Impact on Backlog - 6 December 2017

The NSW Bar Association said the reforms, which are aimed at encouraging offenders to plead guilty to crimes early, will not reduce the enormous backlog in the District Court, which deals with the majority of serious criminal cases. More funding for judges and appropriate legal representatives is required. > More

Young and working hard to get out of long-term unemployment - 6 December 2017

Close to one in five unemployed young people have been out of work for at least a year despite trying just as hard as older jobseekers to find employment, a report has found. > More