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Talking Justice 2017 now available on YouTube

Videos from Talking Justice 2017 are now available on our YouTube channel, including the Opening Night address by the Hon. Chief Justice Diana Bryant AO. This year’s topics ranged from the current challenges facing the Family Court, to kids in detention, the rights of transgender children, the impact of digital disruption on individual rights and social […]

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#TalkingJustice16 rocks Law Week

In late May, more than 500 people attended Talking Justice at the Capital and Ulumbarra Theatres as part of Law Week 2016. Highlights included Shane Howard and Martin Flanagan’s unique double-hander on justice and the creative journey; Julian Burnside, Paris Aristotle and Felicity Gerry on human rights in an era of unprecedented global dislocation; Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa’s inspiring […]

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Dr Rob Southgate and Dr Liz Curran

Health-Justice Partnership empowers regional Victorians

How do you measure the success of medical-legal interventions in the lives of people with a complex interplay of health and legal issues? Our Health-Justice Partnership (HJP) with Bendigo Community Health Services (BCHS) commenced in January 2014. Since then, this initiative has seen our HJP Lawyer Nickie King provide 86 legal advices and take on […]

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Goulburn Valley CLC funding wipeout?

On the 3rd of December the Productivity Commission released its long-awaited report into access to justice arrangements in Australia. The Commission recognised the role of Australian legal assistance providers (including Community Legal Centres) and deplored the high levels of unmet legal need faced by disadvantaged and vulnerable Australians. The Commission recommended an immediate injection of […]

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Prisons not making us any safer

With recidivism rates nudging 40%, it’s no wonder the Castlemaine Mail reports that Victorian prisons are groaning under the strain. In January the Productivity Commission noted that Victoria’s prison population and the rates of over-representation of Indigenous people within the prison system are also trending up. In addition, the Victorian Ombudsman recently noted that there […]

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Detail from "Synergy of 3" by Georgina Risely

Partnerships with local Aboriginal cooperatives

In response to the disproportionate impact family violence has on Aboriginal communities and the lack of culturally appropriate legal solutions, an important component of our Why didn’t you ask? project is the development of partnerships with Aboriginal communities across the region. It is also apparent from the inherent shaming and blaming of Aboriginal people for the […]

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Marlene and Bonnie

“Why didn’t you ask?” tackles family violence

Loddon Campaspe CLC’s family violence legal assistance service at Bendigo, Echuca and Maryborough has taught us that women often arrive at court not knowing what to expect from the legal process or how an intervention order will meet their needs. We also know that the courts often make assumptions about what victims of domestic violence […]

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Hoopla on regional PSOs sidelines real issues

Yesterday’s announcement of PSOs for Bendigo ignores the fact that many police and many in the legal and community sectors hold serious reservations about the suitability and efficacy of PSOs, especially in relation to their potential impact on the most vulnerable in our community. We agree that members of the public have every right to […]

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