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Everyone has Human Rights, Understand Yours!
This booklet is part of a project that aims to tell people with disability about their human rights. The project also aims to help people to find out if their human rights are being respected.
"Human rights are the most important rights. Human rights belong to every person. This book tells you about your human rights. Knowing about your human rights is the first step towards having your rights respected."
Smart Justice Project
The Smart Justice project promotes a safer community in Victoria through criminal justice policies that reduce crime, are based on evidence, and comply with human rights.
The project utilises fact sheets, a blog, submissions, social media and public events to promote public policy debate.
Elephant in your Room? Phase Two
Building on the success of the 2012 project, which took the Elephant on tour, and utilising much of the already developed imagery and materials, we placed 70,000 drink coasters in venues across the Barwon region. The aim was for as many venues as possible to use our coasters rather than those provided by their liquor suppliers for the duration of the Month of Action (MOA) (Nov 2014). Media and social media supported the project during the MOA.
Child Protection Laws NSW
Several CLCs made submission to a government discussion paper on a new child protection scheme in 2013.
The CLCNSW Care and Protection Network and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rights Working Group wrote an open letter to the Minister outlining our concerns with proposed new child protection legislation in NSW.
25 organisations signed on to the letter. A CLCNSW issues paper was produced once the legislation was released and both documents were sent to the media and NSW MPs.
None of the amendments CLCs suggested to MPs progressed but some commitments were made to MPs by the Minster about the concerns CLCs had raised. The law reform work presented an opportunity for CLCs to start developing relationships...
Family Violence Coaster Project
Central Highlands Community Legal Centre partnered with a local Sports Bar to produce a drink coaster with a subtle message about Family Violence: "If there's Violence in the Home the Kids get the Message".
The artwork on the coaster was a drawing made by a child of two parents arguing and the child crying. The Sports Bar contributed to the cost of printing and agreed to have the coasters on their bar throughout White Ribbon Week.
The local paper interviewed the manager of the Sports Bar and placed an article in the paper.
In 2012 and 2013 Gippsland Community Legal Service ran 'Clothesline Project' events during the Week Without Violence. T-shirts painted by women attending family violence support groups were put on display in local shopping centres to create discussion and raise community awareness.
NSW Housing Repairs Campaign
Kingsford Legal Centre’s Housing Repairs Campaign seeks to improve the standard of housing for clients living in Housing NSW properties.
The campaign uses a number of different strategies. We are working with our local communities to raise awareness about the issue and empower clients to make complaints to Housing NSW and the Tenancy Tribunal through workshops, advice clinics and articles in community newsletters.
We are placing pressure on Housing NSW through our casework, in particular focusing on increasing complaints to the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunals (CTTT) and exploring other legal options, such as discrimination complaints.
We are collecting evidence of the problem, lobbying go...
Rights on Show
The Darwin Community Legal Service's Rights on Show is the annual art award and exhibition which focusses on human rights. This much revered art show is now in its 18th year.
The "Homelessness" show received nearly 100 entries in 2011, including entries from remote areas, differently abled groups, students, asylum seekers, accomplished and novice artists alike. All had something to say about being homeless in the Northern Territory.
A myriad of mediums were utilised in 2011, including a giant woven nest, a florally adorned camping tent, mosaics, paper cranes, film, and the People's Choice winner "Cardboard Man", a salute to the "Occupy" movement.
2012 has a series of artist floor talks planned, excursion...
Bar coasters to promote community legal service
Aim: to promote the Illawarra Legal Centre to the wider community, and in particular to target males by producing disposable bar coasters with simple messages and contact details.
Method: coasters delivered to 20 licensed premises (hotels and clubs) in the Illawarra region.
Law Week Quiz
In 2012 Eastern CLC is holding a 'virtual' event for Law Week, with a media campaign in local papers, mailouts to partner agencies and a social media campaign.
The focus of the campaign is on the wide range of life issues the law impacts, encourgaing people to recognise the legal knowledge they already have and emphasising the positive impact legal advice can make.
The campaign uses a Legal Quiz - multiple choice questions on common legal issues in our community.
Climate Change Act
The EDO worked to improve the design of the Climate Change Act before it was introduced in 2010, and then to prevent the State Government winding it back in 2011-12.
Reforming Mining Law in Victoria
The EDO (Vic.) is running a long-term law reform project aimed at improving Victoria's mining laws to better protect the environment, sensitive land uses and regional communities from mining (especially for coal and coal seam gas).
In Queensland, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child is breached every day as 17 year olds are charged and imprisoned as adults.
The Castaway campaign highlights that young people have the responsibilities of adults without the rights of adults, so they are legal castaways.
The project will facilitate 100 young people to write 100 individual messages to be placed in a bottle and sent to 100 community leaders as a "message in a bottle." The campaign will also be supported by social media.
Stand up for Your Rights
Northern Rivers CLC’s focus on employment law specifically targets CALD communities and young people. They consulted with local youth on the best resources to assist in relation to their employment rights and on the basis of these consultations decided to produce a video.
With funding from NSW Law and Justice Foundation they produced a video to showcase young people speaking about their employment related experiences: Stand up for your rights. Local youth acted in and were involved in pre-production, including cinematography and sound.
The video aims to:
Standing Firm Against Family Violence Campaign
The Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria) is launching the Standing Firm against Family Violence campaign to raise awareness on family violence and empower Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women to look after themselves and stand firm against family violence.
The campaign, which will use video, also aims to provide positive reinforcement of messages of resilience and self-care and strengthen networks to better assist victims and survivors of family violence.
The campaign will be launched on the 21st of November 2011 and we will be inviting Koori women, workers from Koori organisations and mainstream services that support Koori victims of family violence to join us for t...
End the Payday Debt Trap
The campaign informs people about the myths around pay day lending and encourages individuals and community organisations to take action. It is based on research findings that demonstrate that high cost loans exploit vulnerable consumers.
The campaign encourages submissions to the parliamentary inquiries considering proposed legislation that will cap the interest on payday loans.
The Consumer Credit and Corporations Legislation Amendment (Enhancements) Bill 2011 (the BIll) is being investigated by two committees; the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial and the Senate Economics Committee.
Reform of marginal renting
Reform of law covering marginal renters in NSW. Marginal renters include people living in boarding houses, crisis accommodation, student accommodation and share housing.
Paper launched in March 2011 calling for law reform, accomodation provider sustainability, social inclusion programs and reform of Licensed Residential Centres for people with a disability.
The campaign involves submissions to politicians, engaging in policy debate, facilitation of round table, stakeholder consultations, promotion of best practice, liaison with bureaucrats and local government, gaining over 30 organisational signatories in support of reform, facilitating media coverage and conducting research.
Compensation for non-economic loss
Tenants NSW became aware of the decision of the NSW Court of Appeal in Insight Vacations Pty Ltd v Young that proceedings relating to 'distress and disappointment' are subject to the Civil Liability Act 2002, and formed the view that this may severely limit tenants' proceedings for compensation.
Tenants NSW made submissions to the Minister for Fair Trading and the Attorney General seeking an exemption from the Civil Liability Act 2002 for proceedings under the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 and the Residential Parks Act 1998.
Residential Tenancies Act 2010 and Regulation
The Residential Tenancies Act 2010 passed in June 2010 and commenced in January 2011. It reflects a number of Tenants NSW's key law reform priorities, including proper regulation of databases, clearer rights for share-house occupants, and options for victims of domestic violence to end their tenancy or exclude the violent person from the rented premises.
Tenants NSW made a submission on the draft Residential Tenancies Regulation 2010, and some of our recommendations were reflected in the final Regulation.
Since the commencement of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010, we have consulted closely with Tenants Advice and Advocacy Services and kept a log of technical problems and larger policies issues identified.
Safety and sustainability of rental property
With a view to making a recommendation to the Minister for Fair Trading, Tenants NSW placed the issue of child-safe windows on the agenda of the Property Services Advisory Council, including options for law reform.
We expressed support for the recommendations of the Children's Hospital at Westmead in relation to children falling from residential buildings and maintain contact with the expert advisory group from the hospital.
We had continued discussion with relevant groups about the introduction of minimum safety standards for rental properties including mandatory installation of electrical safety switches and locks on high windows.
On the availability of sustainable energy subsidies to tenants, we started li...