Queensland Coronial Legal Service – reaching more families

MEDIA RELEASE  The Queensland Coronial Legal Service (QCLS) has received a five-year funding boost to increase its capacity to assist families throughout Queensland who are involved in any aspect of the coronial process.  Bereaved families may have many questions about the circumstances of the death of their loved one. In addition to the shock, grief and loss they are experiencing, a family member may feel … Continue reading Queensland Coronial Legal Service – reaching more families

Queensland Coronial Legal Service makes coronial inquest a bit more bearable

Samantha Wood’s father-in-law, Stephen Viner, died in 2017 after he received an electrical shock when performing maintenance work in the basement of a commercial property. An initial coronial and Workplace Health and Safety investigation was unable to determine Mr Viner’s cause of death. An inquest was held to determine the cause and circumstances of Mr Viner’s death, and for the Coroner to consider whether there were any recommendations that could … Continue reading Queensland Coronial Legal Service makes coronial inquest a bit more bearable

Call for the safe release of vulnerable people in prisons and youth detention centres

The recent positive Covid-19 cases in the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre signals the growing threat of the virus to the lives of detained people in Queensland.   People in ‘closed environments’ such as prisons, detention facilities, mental health wards and aged care facilities are at greater risk of infection due to limitations on their ability … Continue reading Call for the safe release of vulnerable people in prisons and youth detention centres

Bonnie’s steps to protect herself from domestic violence

  Bonnie, a quietly-spoken 86-year-old, was being financially and emotionally abused by her grandson Joshua. Years earlier, Joshua had convinced Bonnie to transfer ownership of her home to him, stating “I’ll get it when you die anyway”. Unbeknownst to Bonnie, Joshua had a large debt with the Child Support Agency and her home was at risk of being sold. Recently, Bonnie had invited Joshua to move into the house with her when … Continue reading Bonnie’s steps to protect herself from domestic violence

Quick Q&A on offensive racist behaviour and racial vilification

What is ‘racial vilification’? Vilification is, by a public act, the incitement of hatred towards, serious contempt for or severe ridicule of a person or group of persons on the ground of race. Vilification on the basis of race and other attributes is unlawful under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld). What is a public act? A public … Continue reading Quick Q&A on offensive racist behaviour and racial vilification

Australia’s Human Rights Scorecard: Australia’s 2020 United Nations UPR NGO Coalition Report

In 2021 Australia will have its human rights record assessed at the United Nations Human Rights Council in a process known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR provides an opportunity for other nations to identify human rights problems in Australia and make recommendations about possible solutions. To inform this process, leading Australian human … Continue reading Australia’s Human Rights Scorecard: Australia’s 2020 United Nations UPR NGO Coalition Report

Rhea fights to reclaim her money

Every day many older Australians make decisions that jeopardise their money or assets. Sadly, it is often family members who pressure older persons into making these bad decisions. Disputes related to paying for a granny flat or shared accommodation, especially if this involves promises made by family to provide physical care throughout the ageing years, is a common problem for the older people Caxton’s … Continue reading Rhea fights to reclaim her money

Race discrimination found in school’s attempt to unenroll student

Young Cyrus Taniela’s right to maintain a culturally specific hairstyle at school has been upheld by Queensland’s Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Cyrus is Cook Islander, Niuean and Samoan, and the first-born son in his family. His hair has never been cut and will remain long until he has a traditional hair cutting ceremony, as is … Continue reading Race discrimination found in school’s attempt to unenroll student

Negotiating with your Park manager while social distancing

Negotiating with your Park manager while social distancing Caxton Legal Centre's QRVPAS team have noticed that some manufactured home owners are finding it harder to advocate for their rights, because of the communication barriers that come with COVID-19 restrictions. For people living in manufactured home parks, you may have experienced difficulties getting in contact with … Continue reading Negotiating with your Park manager while social distancing

Negotiating with your retirement village manager while social distancing

There is no doubt that COVID-19 restrictions have led to a huge change in our lifestyles and the way we interact. Despite this, disputes within retirement villages will continue to arise, which means that residents must approach the challenge of advocating for their rights while managing communication barriers that come with COVID-19 restrictions. For example: … Continue reading Negotiating with your retirement village manager while social distancing