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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Community Development Officer vacancy

We are seeking a motivated, well-organised individual for a twelve month maternity leave vacancy in the role of Community Development Officer. The Community Development Officer’s main responsibility is to complement the legal work of the Service by working with and for our community in the development of strategies to address both legal and social needs.

A copy of the position description can be found here. Applications close 5 p.m. Friday 3 February 2017.

Community Lawyer, Family Violence

An opportunity exists to join our highly talented and supportive team. If you are passionate about social justice and assisting clients clients who identify as a victim/survivor of family violence, please consider applying for this opportunity. Applications close 5 p.m., Wednesday 25 January 2017. Click here for the position description.

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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Community BBQ - Sunday 4 December 2016

The Fitzroy Legal Service recently relocated to the Fitzroy Town Hall. Join us on Sunday 4 December for an afternoon of food, music and fun activities for the family. Further details here.

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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