News

Commonwealth Funding Cuts to CLCs

We welcome the Victorian Government's call to the Commonwealth Government to reverse impending cuts to Community Legal Centres.

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Submission to Vic Govt Inquiry to Drug Law Reform

Our submission to the Victorian Government's Inquiry into Drug Law Reform highlights the failure of the current law and order approach to drug control to minimise the harms associated with drug use.  Read our submission here


Final submission_City of Melbourne

Homelessness is not a lifestyle choice but results from complex social inequalities. We provided a final submission to City of Melbourne regarding proposed amendments to the Activities (Public Amenity and Security) Local Law 2009.   The Amending Law may reduce the visibility of the homeless but it will not reduce the number of homeless persons.  Our submission can be viewed here.


Submission to City of Melbourne regarding public camping in the CBD

The City of Melbourne Councillors will tonight be asked to vote on a proposed by-law change that would ban any type of public camping in the central business district (CBD) and also make it illegal for people to leave any item unattended in public.

We provided a submission to the City of Melbourne earlier today, strongly advocating against the proposed by-law change.

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Quarterly News - December 2016

Welcome to the December 2016 quarterly news, a snapshot of our work and the people who contribute to Fitzroy Legal Service.

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Legal action to stop children being transferred to Barwon adult jail

On Friday 2 December, a further Supreme Court case was launched against the Andrews government to ensure no child is transferred to Barwon maximum security adult prison.

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Fitzroy Legal Service publishes The Law Handbook 2017

Fitzroy Legal Service today published the 39th edition of The Law Handbook. The new edition of The Law Handbook contains updated entries for multiple areas of the law, and contains two new chapters: trade marks and sex work. The Law Handbook 2017 can be purchased from our online store or at our office at the Fitzroy Town Hall.

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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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