Media Releases

7 OCTOBER 2014: MEDIA RELEASE: ONLINE NDIS RIGHTS RESOURCE LAUNCHED

Three Community Legal Centres from across Australia have joined forces to develop a comprehensive online rights resource for people accessing or wishing to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme or NDIS.   The Fitzroy Legal Service, Hobart Community Legal Service and the Redfern Legal Centre partnered together to develop the new NDIS Rights resource to assist people to know their rights and reduce legal uncertainty when dealing with the new scheme.

19 NOVEMBER 2013: MEDIA RELEASE: FITZROY LEGAL SERVICE TO LAUNCH THE 2014 LAW HANDBOOK

Fitzroy Legal Service will launch the 2014 Law Handbook tomorrow evening (Wednesday 20th November) at 7pm at Madame Brussels, Level 3, 59 Bourke Street, Melbourne. The Honourable Marilyn Warren AC, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria will officially launch the resource.

26 JULY 2013: MEDIA RELEASE: INQUEST CONCLUDES WITH SERIOUS QUESTIONS OVER POLICE INVOLVEMENT IN HIGH-RISE FATALITY

An inquest into the death of Gregory Caulfield in a 2011 fall from high-rise public housing flats in Carlton has concluded with serious questions regarding the role of police actions in his death to be considered in a forthcoming finding by Deputy State Coroner, Iain West.

The inquest heard that Gregory Caulfield fell from the ninth floor of the flats in Nicholson Street, Carlton, on 16 November 2011, after police attempted to arrest him inside the flat in the course of an alleged burglary, following the arrest of another offender in the hallway outside.

“By their own statements at this inquest, police first left a hand-cuffed offender unattended outside the flat, allowing him to escape. They then left Gregory Caulfield alone in a flat they had exited in response to the effects of OC spray deployed in the course of attempting to arrest him.

“The inquest heard that it was from the balcony of the flat that Gregory then fell to his death,” said Meghan Fitzgerald, Social Action, Policy & Law Reform Manager with Fitzroy Legal Service, today.

22 JULY 2013 MEDIA RELEASE: A SECOND HIGH-RISE FATALITY INQUEST TO EXAMINE POLICE ACTIONS

An inquest beginning today into the death of Gregory Caulfield in a 2011 fall from high-rise public housing flats in Carlton will examine the role of police after an inquest into a death in similar circumstances in 2007 at the same location. Both fatalities involved police and the deployment of OC (capsicum) spray.

9 MAY 2013 - VICTORIA’S FIRST SPECIALIST ANIMAL LAW CLINIC TO BE LAUNCHED THIS WEEK

The Fitzroy Legal Service and Lawyers for Animals have collaborated to establish Victoria’s first specialist Animal Law Clinic, providing free legal advice to community members and groups, in areas of law that affect animals. The new Clinic will be launched this Thursday evening, 9 May, at Friends of the Earth, 312 Smith Street, Collingwood.

18 APRIL 2013 - AG DREYFUS ANNOUNCES FUNDING TO KEEP VITAL FREE LEGAL SERVICE ONLINE

The Attorney-General visited Fitzroy Legal Service today, Wednesday 17th April 2013 to announce the funding commitment to the Law Handbook Online.

8 FEBRUARY 2012 - FREE LEGAL WEBSITE A HUGE HIT 

The Law Handbook online is celebrating its one millionth visit - new front window art launched.

7 DECEMBER 2011 - Lifeline for the Online Law Handbook; Great Christmas present for Victorians.

The State Attorney-General has committed to providing interim funding for The Law Handbook Online to keep it afloat until mid-2012. The campaign to secure ongoing funding to keep the website free for all Victorians continues.

24 OCTOBER 2011 - Occupy Melbourne Arrests showcase Melbourne’s slide into lawlessness

Staff from the Fitzroy Legal Service attended as legal support on Friday 21 October 2011 as the Occupy Melbourne collective were moved on and dispersed by police horses, dogs, and around 200 members of the Victorian Police Force. 

21 APRIL 2011 - Keep JobWatch Alive!

‘Tens of thousands of Victorians will miss out on employment advice and protection if JobWatch closes,’ said Executive Officer Robin Inglis.

15 FEBRUARY 2011 - Baillieu Government Urged to fine tune not water down Equal Opportunity Law

“The Equal Opportunity Act review in 2008 highlighted that businesses which had more diversity were more productive. Hence improved Equal Opportunity laws will not only increase opportunity for job seekers but will be good for business”, said Robin Inglis Executive Officer at Fitzroy Legal Service.

8 FEBRUARY 2011 - Victorian Parliamentary Review of Sentencing Urgently Needed

Victoria has increased its prison numbers by 50% over the last decade. This alone is enough reason to stop and review our sentencing policies.
Both the major Victorian political parties have embraced policies that will result in more money being spent to build more prisons. This is despite the fact that crime rates have dropped in Victoria per head of population. The effectiveness of the present policies deserves review.

PREVIOUS SELECTED RELEASES

7 OCTOBER 2010 - No Consultation Criminal Law Sentencing Reforms

New sentencing laws have been passed by the lower house following two hours of debate, and will be rushed through the upper house imminently, allowing no opportunity for community and stakeholders to comment.

26 NOVEMBER 2009 - Move On Powers = Powers to Discriminate

The Summary Offences and Control of Weapons Acts Amendments Bill debated in parliament yesterday, brings Victoria a step closer to introducing dangerous and discriminatory ‘move on powers’ for police.