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Welcome to the August edition of the KLC e-bulletin. It’s been a busy month for law reform work, community outreach and legal education. We also hosted a group of Indigenous high school students during Winter School, and and we've welcomed a new group of law students to the centre for this semester. 

KLC advocating for Australian women at the UN
 

Kingsford Legal Centre (KLC) law reform solicitors Tess Deegan and Maria Nawaz have returned from Geneva where they briefed the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women on Australia’s record on women and human rights. The NGO shadow report about Australia’s women’s rights record presented to the committee was coordinated by KLC, with the National Association of Community Legal Centres, Community Legal Centres NSW, and Good Shepherd. The expert UN Committee handed down recommendations and concluding observations last week following their review, and as expected, identified many key areas in which the Australian government is not doing enough to protect the human rights of women and girls in Australia.



 

UNSW Global Workers’ Rights Pop-Ups


Kingsford Legal Centre has many international student clients who are treated badly by their employers.  On Thursday 5 and 12 July KLC held a workers’  rights pop-up information booth at UNSW Global, which runs various programs for international students.
Run by KLC solicitor Fiona Duane and assisted by PLT students Karen Lee and Michael Coan, the pop-up was aimed to inform international students about their rights in the workplace.  The information covered what to do if you think you are being underpaid, if you have been unfairly dismissed, if you have been discriminated against in the workplace, as well as how to determine whether you are a casual or permanent employee. 
Some of the students who spoke to Fiona identified potential issues with their employment and really appreciated the information they received.




 

KLC provides CLC perspective to Joint Parliamentary Committee on Migration inquiry into visa cancellation review process

Last week KLC solicitors Dianne Anagnos and Tess Deegan gave evidence to a federal parliamentary committee about the system of visa cancellations on criminal grounds. We told the committee about our experiences working with people serving sentences in Long Bay Correctional Centre. Many of these people find out that their visa is being cancelled due to a 12-month prison sentence, regardless of the crime they were convicted of, or how long they have lived in Australia. Visa cancellation decisions have a huge impact on people’s lives and the lives of their Australian families. For this reason, we gave evidence to the committee about how the system can be improved to ensure these decisions are made in a fair way that respects human rights.
 
You can read our submission to the inquiry here

KLC assists underpaid client at Fair Work Ombudsman mediation


KLC recently represented a client who had been underpaid thousands of dollars since he had started working as a factory worker almost a year ago. KLC represented the client at a Fair Work Ombudsman mediation and successfully settled the dispute with the employer at the mediation stage. The client was very happy that he would be paid agreed wages and superannuation that were overdue.

 

Welcome!

A big, warm KLC welcome to all our new students this semester! We look forward to working with you over the next few months. As part of their induction, students participate in a tour of the KLC catchment. Here they are, pictured at La Perouse with Bare Island in the background.
 

Coffee and Conversation at Lexington Place

Kingsford Legal Centre staff and students attended 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 were able to provide free legal advice, and representatives from other local services including Housing NSW also attended to talk with members of the local community. Also, thanks to our friends at Madman films, KLC staff and students handed out some free double passes to local residents for the New Zealand comedy film The Breaker Upperers.

Dates for the Coffee and Conversation mornings for the rest of the year are: 22 August, 19 September, 31 October and 28 November.

 

Don’t miss the 2018 UNSW Law Revue

If you’re a UNSW law student don’t miss out on being part of this year’s UNSW Law Revue! Last year’s show, Lady and the Trump was a smash hit – check out a clip from the show on the UNSW Law Revue Facebook page and register your interest in being part of the Tech, Video, Marketing, Costumes, Wellbeing and Front of House teams if you’re keen to be part of it.

Each year the UNSW Law Revue make a donation to KLC from the profits of their annual show, and we’re grateful for their ongoing support.  KLC is proud to be associated with the Revue and wish them all the very best for their 2018 production. We look forward to the show! This year the Law Revue will take place from 4 – 7 September and tickets will be on sale soon.

Email the UNSW Law Revue production team at producers@lawrevue.org for more information.

Lawyers of the future?


During Winter School KLC had the pleasure of hosting 11 Indigenous high school students who are considering studying law after they finish school.  KLC staff led a discussion with the students about what it’s like to be a community legal centre lawyer, the role of law reform and advocacy work to improve the lives of communities, and how important it is to use research skills to answer legal problems.  We hope to see all these amazing students back at UNSW soon!
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