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Welcome to the September edition of the KLC e-bulletin. We've recently launched our Having My Voice Heard - fair practices in discrimination conciliation report, and it's been a busy month for community legal education, outreach and law reform work. 

Having My Voice Heard - fair practices in discrimination conciliation

Retired High Court Justice The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG lent his support to KLC by launching our Having My Voice Hear - Fair Practices in Discrimination Conciliation report last week at the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) annual conference.
The report, based on extensive research and interviews with clients, as well as expert legal practitioners, explores the experiences of vulnerable people who make complaints under NSW and Commonwealth discrimination and employment law, and contains 10 best practice recommendations to make access to justice fairer.
Our research found that vulnerable people encounter numerous barriers when trying to resolve their complaints through alternative dispute resolution processes through the Anti-Discrimination Board, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Fair Work Commission.
Michael Kirby described the work of the report as innovative and said he greatly admired the work of KLC and shared the view that “law reform should be derived from real, live experiences.”  The Centre will now begin the process to ensure that the recommendations are implemented.

KLC presents on using the United Nations system to achieve domestic change at the National Association of Community Legal Centres conference

On 30 August 2018, KLC Director Anna Cody and Law Reform Solicitor Maria Nawaz presented on the topic ‘Reflections and Future Opportunities – Using the International Human Rights System to Effect Domestic Change’ at the 2018 NACLC conference. Anna and Maria drew on KLC’s recent experience coordinating civil society engagement with UN Treaty Body reviews of Australia’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. They also discussed why CLCs should engage with the UN system, how we can use UN recommendations as leverage in domestic law reform, and the challenges and benefits presented by the UN process. The session also involved small group work on how to use international human rights in CLC’s everyday work, how to best collaborate with others in the CLC and broader NGO sectors to do this work, and strategies for following up with government on UN recommendations.

Community legal education at Matraville Sports High

As part of their community legal education work students from KLC have worked with solicitor Anita Will to develop a presentation on sexual harassment and how this might affect young people in their day to day lives.
This has been a hot topic thanks to the #MeToo movement and KLC believes it is important that young people are aware of their rights and what they can do if they are sexually harassed, particularly as they begin to enter the workforce.
The pilot program of the presentation was delivered to 38 girls and boys at Matraville High as part of their Year 9 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education class. The students were enthusiastic and asked some good questions and made contributions. The students also provided their feedback on the presentation, which will be taken on board. Hopefully we’ll be able to deliver the presentation to other young people at schools in our local area.

Legal education for Maroubra seniors

Last week KLC presented a seminar at the Maroubra Senior Citizens Centre for 50 Russian speaking community members with the assistance of a translator. The seminar focused on getting out of debt and dealing with fines. We also explored what options are available if you receive faulty goods or services. We talked through four different scenarios and highlighted other organisations, like us, that can help with debt and consumer complaints. Members of the audience said they found the presentation very useful.
If you have a credit card debt and you get a fine, there are lots of options available to you. Sometimes you can apply for a payment plan or a waiver, or there might be the possibility of paying the fine by attending courses or doing unpaid work. If you have a complaint about a product or service, you can approach the seller about it. If they are not helpful, you could also approach Fair Trade NSW, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission or Kingsford Legal Centre for advice.

Public Interest Careers Fair

Anna Cody, Natalie Ross, Anita Will and Fiona Duane represented Kingsford Legal Centre at the UNSW Law students’ public interest law fair on 13 August.  It was an energised and lively event with representatives from Crown Solicitors, Legal Aid Commission, Public Defenders and some pro bono sections of firms present to discuss public interest law options available to students.  One of the most impressive aspects of the evening was the number of first year law students who were keen to explore public interest work from an early stage in their degrees.  It highlights the number of students who are keen to use law to make society fairer.

Coffee and Conversation at Lexington Place

Kingsford Legal Centre staff and students have been regularly attending Lexington Place shops at South Maroubra as part of the Randwick Council and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District ‘Coffee and Conversation’ initiative. As well as a free coffee, local residents can come along for a chat and learn more about services available in their local community. Solicitors from KLC provide free legal advice, and representatives from other local services including a doctor and Housing NSW also attended to talk with members of the local community.
Lexington Place is being renovated over the next couple of months – we are looking forward to the new and improved location when it is complete. Watch this space for updates!

My Health Record - what do you need to know?

There has been a lot of discussion in the media about the introduction of new online medical records called ‘My Health Record’. A My Health Record is an online record of medical and personal information about an individual. The Record is not a complete record of your entire medical history, but can contain information such as medications, blood test and scan results and details of medical treatment you have received.
The Australian government has created the My Health Record scheme and has made laws to control it.
If you do not want to have a My Health Record you can opt out of the scheme up until 15 November, 2018.
For more information go, including how you can opt out, go to the My Health Record website. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can call 1800 723 471 to find out more or opt out.
KLC has prepared a fact sheet about what you need to know about My Health Records. You can download it on our website.

Staff news

In August we were delighted to welcome back KLC’s Principal Solicitor Emma Golledge who has returned after a year of parenting leave. She is looking forward to catching up with our local community and hearing about all the KLC news!
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