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In a healthy community, no-one would get stuck facing long-term disadvantage. We are all challenged by life’s ‘ups’ and ‘downs’, but for some people the ‘downs’ are much deeper and longer lasting. Early, intergenerational and locational disadvantages constrain opportunities and limit social mobility. This isn’t...
By opposing mandatory seizure of firearms following a protection order, police and some legislators seem inclined to deny the reality of gun-related violence as revealed by their own files.
A common theme of Victoria’s Draft 30-year Infrastructure Strategy is getting more use from infrastructure by creating multipurpose, integrated and well-managed facilities. We agree, but emphasise this requires a different culture and approach by infrastructure owners to understand, collaborate and value infrastructure use for broader...
Consumer Action supports the scope of the inquiry as identified by the Commission in the Issues Paper—that is, it should focus on the civil dispute resolution system, and particularly how to constrain costs and promote access to justice and equality before the law. We submit,...
PIAC identifies public interest issues and, where possible and appropriate, works co-operatively with other organisations to advocate for individuals and groups affected. PIAC seeks to:
• expose and redress unjust or unsafe practices, deficient laws or policies;
• promote accountable, transparent and responsive...
The Federation welcomes the Victorian Government’s Access to Justice Review, and the opportunity to identify improvements that can be made at a state level to address the access to justice crisis.
The Federation, along with many member CLCs, made substantial contributions to the Productivity...
This submission responds to six matters raised in the Draft Report: definition of access to justice; complex legal need; increased use of ADR; ADR and legal education; integrated legal service delivery model; and legal assistance landscape. My working life focusses on Access to Justice particularly...
Every year the State Budget gives the Victorian Government an opportunity to envision the kind of society we might want to live in and lead us towards that reality. The Salvation Army’s 2016-17 Victorian State Budget submission is based upon a series of consultations with...
Recommends the Charter be strengthened to enhance human rights protections and provide a stronger and more enduring human rights culture in Victoria.
The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this review of the Victorian Charter...
This submission proposes 12 immediate spending priority areas for Victoria for this year’s state budget, and presents proposals to address some of the biggest social issues facing the state.
In the lead-up to the 2014 Victorian election and in the...