Wednesday, 24 November 2010

PILCH priorities for pollies: access to justice, legal rights for homeless, better deal for community organisations, strengthening human rights

PILCH is the Public Interest Law Clearing House (Vic) Inc.  PILCH is a valuable resource and integral part of civil society in Victoria.  With the Victorian State Election take place on this coming Saturday, 27 November, 2010, PILCH has let us know their priorities which can be found here.  It well behoves Victorian politicians to take note and do their best to implement the PILCH priorities. These priorities include challenges to all political parties to:
  • Improve access to the justice system
    • Extend the provision of free interpreter services
    • Improve access to free legal assistance by removing regulatory barriers to pro bono work
    • Reduce costs associated with accessing the courts in public interest and pro bono cases
  • Take steps to assist people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to assert their legal rights
    • Improve housing options and services
    • Improve the infringements system
    • Repeal public space offences
  • Support better regulated community organisations
    • Support compliance and best practice governance by funding PilchConnect
    • Simplify the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Vic)
    • Reduce red tape and modernise and harmonise the charitable fundraising, governance and taxation regime by supporting nationally cohesive, federal regulation
  • Strengthen frameworks for the protection of human rights in Victoria
    • Strengthen the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities
    • Expand protections against discrimination
    • Strengthen the protection of rights of people with diminished capacity

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