Government concession sees gag removed from doctors working in detention

Doctors will no longer face jail terms for speaking out about the abuse and neglect in detention centres, on and offshore, after a major concession by the Australian government.

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Australian Government must re-build trust of civil society – UN human rights expert

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, today called on the Government of Australia to urgently dispel civil society’s growing concerns about the combined ‘chilling effect’ of its recent laws, policies and actions constraining the rights of human rights defenders. Fitzroy Legal Service lawyer Meghan Fitzgerald was invited to meet with Mr Forst in Sydney last week along with representatives from a range of organisations.

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Quarterly News – October 2016

Welcome to the October 2016 quarterly news. In the second half of 2016, Fitzroy Legal Service hasn’t slowed down, even during the hectic act of relocating. We are now officially at our new location at the Fitzroy Town Hall, a fantastic environment in which to continue to provide quality support to our clients.

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Community Worker Forums 2016

Fitzroy Legal Service, Eastern Community Legal Centre and St Kilda Legal Service are hosting three forums across Melbourne for community workers. These one-day training sessions will cover a range of legal topics and processes relevant to community workers and their work with clients.

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Eritrean Community Information Forum

Eritrean community members are invited to a community information forum being held the evening of Saturday 20 August 2016.

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High Court challenge to secrecy laws welcomed by lawyers

The Australian Lawyers Alliance has come out in support of the High Court challenge to secrecy laws. Their media release can be viewed here.

2017 Trainee Lawyer

Applications are now open for our 2017 Trainee Lawyer position.

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Doctors for Refugees

The Fitzroy Legal Service is today, 27 July 2016, filing a constitutional challenge in the High Court of Australia on behalf of Doctors for Refugees.

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Queer Women of Comedy Night

Support the work of the Fitzroy Legal Service by attending this fantastic event organised by the Fitzroy Social Club.

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Law Handbook Contributor Michael Clothier

Michael Clothier, long-time contributor to The Law Handbook, has had a long and interesting career. As he starts to wind back the hours he spends in the office, he takes some time to reflect on his career highlights.

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