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2011 National Conference
|Network Day:||Monday 17 October|
|Conference:||Tuesday 18 - Thursday 20 October|
|Venue:||Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey Street, Hobart.|
|Conference Organisers:||Conference Online|
Thank you to our conference partners
2011 Conference Theme: Rights, Representation and Reform
For 40 years, Community Legal Centres have championed the rights of individuals and communities across Australia. Yet in many places and contexts protecting and exercising these rights remains unfinished business. What constitutes a right? What about social economic and environmental rights? What systems can effectively protect and promote human rights for the most marginalised people in our communities?
In response, CLCs are at the forefront in both Representation and Reform. Representation embraces legal advocacy for clients, but extends to representation in a political sense. Who are our representatives? Who do they speak for? With minority government increasingly common, what does this mean in the search for rights and justice?
CLCs are also calling for Reform in many contexts, of the law or systems that impact on our communities – whether in women's rights, indigenous rights, prison reform, the environment, law enforcement practice, refugee or other issues. And what some call reform may not be a step forward for the people our services see. What are the next steps for true reform?
The conference also acknowledges that for RRR (Remote, Rural and Regional services) these themes may have particular resonance and is keen to encourage their involvement.