Quarterly News - December 2017

Welcome to our December e-news.  As we head into the holiday season, we would like to acknowledge all the individuals and organisations who have supported the Fitzroy Legal Service in some way.   From our talented and dedicated staff and volunteers to the many organisations we partner with to deliver services, it's been a busy and impactful year.   We also acknowledge our funders and donors, whose financial support is vital to our work.

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Submission re Batman Electorate Name Change

We have provided a submission to the Australian Electoral Commission's Redistribution Committee in support of the proposed name change of the Federal electorate of Batman to Simon Wonga.  The role Simon Wonga played as ngurungaeta, demonstrating leadership, vision and courage to improve conditions for the Wurundjeri people, is deserving of recognition.   Furthermore this change will provide greater recognition and respect for Traditional Owners and honour Simon Wonga’s unique place in Australian history.

Read our submission here.

Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Public Housing Renewal Program

We have contributed to a joint community legal sector submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Public Housing Renewal Program (PHRP).     The submission outlines concerns with how the PHRP is currently formulated, including 

  • inadequate community consultation to date;
  • a 10 per cent increase in public housing stock and limited housing choice is entirely inadequate to meet the growing housing crisis;
  • the proposed increase in one-bedroom dwellings risks displacing families;
  • inappropriate planning tools and process being used;
  • the proposed public private partnership is an unsustainable vehicle for delivering social housing;
  • the need for greater public/private housing mix is a false assumption;
  • any intended transition from public housing to community housing provider managed social housing after the PHRP risks the diminution of tenancy rights;
  • due to the different operational requirements of community housing providers, they are not well-positioned to support higher risk tenancies;
  • the process of relocation endangers security of tenure for returning public housing tenants; and
  • residents are not being adequately informed about available independent legal advice and advocacy services.

The organisations involved in the submission are:

  • Fitzroy Legal Service
  • Inner Melbourne Community Legal
  • Moonee Valley Legal Service
  • Northern Community Legal Centre
  • St Kilda Legal Service
  • Tenants Union of Victoria
  • West Heidelberg Legal Service

Employment opportunity - Community Lawyer NJC

The Fitzroy Legal Service seeks a passionate and talented individual to join our team.  The Community Lawyer position will provide legal services based from the Neighbourhood Justice Centre in Collingwood.   Applications close 5pm Monday 4th December 2017.   Recruitment information can be found here.

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Quarterly News - October 2017

Welcome to our October e-news.   Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Fitzroy Legal Service.  Without the hundreds of individuals who give of their time and expertise each year, the Fitzroy Legal Service would be unable to provide the depth and breadth of services to our community that we are able to offer.    In our latest enews, we are proud to be able to profile two volunteers contributing in different ways, our continuing work assisting victims/survivors of family violence and an update on our litigation with Doctors for Refugees. 

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Quarterly News - June 2017

Welcome to our June quarterly e-news.  It has been a challenging year so far for community legal centres throughout Australia with the Commonwealth Government announcing funding cuts to the community legal sector, then overturning their decision after a nationwide campaign. We also signed an open letter to the Victorian Government calling for a need for a Spent Convictions Scheme, participated in Law Week activities and successfully reached our #saveourfriday campaign goal.  As we near the end of the financial year, please consider a tax-deductible donation to support our work.  


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Victoria Needs a Spent Convictions Scheme

Fitzroy Legal Service has signed an open letter to Hon Martin Pakula MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Racing, calling for a spent convictions scheme in Victoria.

Victoria is the only jurisdiction in Australia without legislation governing how old convictions are disclosed. And to make matters worse, there are no laws that make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of an irrelevant criminal record. Victorians who have committed minor offences and rehabilitated deserve a second chance.

Read our open letter here.


Quarterly News - April 2017

Welcome to the April 2017 quarterly news, our first edition for 2017. It has been a busy year so far for Fitzroy Legal Service. We've made submissions to the Victorian Government Inquiry into Drug Law Reform, to the Victorian Government Inquiry into the Pilot Medically Supervised Injecting Centre Bill 2017, as well as to the City of Melbourne regarding their proposed amendments to homelessness in the CBD. We launched our 2017 ebook edition of The Law Handbook, we took part in Bridges to Harmony Festival, and on 1st April, we launched our Pozible campaign to #Saveourfriday due to Commonwealth funding cuts from 1 July 2017. 

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One of Australia’s first and busiest community legal services may have to close its doors on Friday nights in the face of major Commonwealth funding cuts.

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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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