Media Releases 2013
The Fitzroy Legal Service (FLS) contributes to public debate on law reform and social policy. Here you will find FLS's position on current issues along with news relating to FLS.
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.
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.
‘Tens of thousands of Victorians will miss out on employment advice and protection if JobWatch closes,’ said Executive Officer Robin Inglis.
“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.
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.
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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.
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.