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December 2018

North Queensland Women’s Legal Service pans controversial family court merger plan
Vulnerable women and children would be worse off under a controversial shake-up of the family courts, a Townsville-based women’s legal ­service has warned. More

If you've been abused as a child, Queensland is the unluckiest state to be in
Thursday is my 27th birthday and that means it’s been exactly one year since my trial. When the jury found the defendant “guilty” on both counts of “indecent treatment of a child” I cried and cried. More

Queensland is Australia’s worst state for sexual abuse survivors to find justice
Queensland is “trailing far behind” other Australian states and territories in how they respond to rape and sexual abuse and a whole of system review is needed, it has been claimed. More

Court challenge launched over minister's 'flawed' decision on Adani water trigger
The Australian Conservation Foundation has launched a federal court challenge to the environment minister Melissa Price’s decision not to apply the water trigger in assessing water infrastructure for Adani’s Carmichael coalmine. More

No complaints about enforced non-gendered language, despite Katter bill
Despite attempts to legislate the right to use "he", "she" and other gendered words in the workplace, there have been no complaints to Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland from people being forced to use non-gendered language at work. More

 

Right to healthy environment

A Chinchilla resident has weighed in on Queensland's new Human Rights Bill, to highlight the importance of including a right to a healthy environment. The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) and Environmental Defenders Office Qld (EDO Qld) co-hosted a seminar in Brisbane on Tuesday to discuss the issue, where key speakers including Chinchilla's Shay Dougall took to the lectern.

Free clinic to train domestic violence support services

A FREE domestic violence workshop will be offered in Mackay in early October to help agencies support local people experiencing family violence. The most recent Magistrates Courts of Queensland annual report for 2016-2017 shows more domestic and family violence applications were lodged with the Mackay Magistrates Court in those 12 months compared to prior years.

With a #NotOn showcase, Brisbane is making noise to help end violence against women

In 2015 Queensland based musicians used their unique and powerful platform to take a lead on the national campaign #NotOn. Domestic violence still takes the life of one Australian woman each week, and #NotOn aims to make it clear that violence against women is… not on! On Sunday November 18th The Triffid, Newstead is showcasing some of Queensland’s best talent; raising much needed funds for the Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ). The WLSQ provides 25,000 services each year to women and children victims of domestic violence. Since 1984 WLSQ has advocated for the rights, safety and justice of women in Queensland providing legal and social work along with a 24 hour hotline for those in need. 

Ipswich crisis housing for homeless addicts a 'crime', Queensland Government says

In a quiet street in Goodna, west of Brisbane, a group of homeless men with drug and alcohol addictions are living together and supporting each other through their recovery. The men are grateful for the opportunity and say the living arrangement is helping them. They rent the rooms through the community group Goodna Street Life, but there is a problem — it is operating illegally as an unregulated accommodation provider, something the Queensland Government has called a crime. 

How Centrelink leaves domestic violence victims out in the cold

In 2009, Mona* was the victim of a serious car accident that left her with physical injuries and a reduced capacity to communicate. She was awarded $900,000 in compensation, and precluded from receiving social service payments for 10 years. But a few years later, after marrying and having three children, she was victimised again – by her husband's serious and sustained domestic violence.

Merging Family and Federal Court could have devastating consequences, warns Domestic violence workers

In the midst of all the leadership ructions last week, Attorney-General Christian Porter introduced two bills to amalgamate the Family and Federal Circuit Courts — with the aim of streamlining the family law system and tackling crippling delays.The Attorney General says five reviews over the past 10 years have found there are bigger delays, higher expenses but fewer cases resolved in the Family Court, compared to the Federal Court. But Domestic Violence workers claim the proposed model moves from a family law specialist approach to adopting a generalist court model.

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