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Welcome to the December issue of the Kingsford Legal Centre e-Bulletin, our last edition for the year. 
Pictured: UPR consultation meeting

KLC Participates In The UN’s Universal Periodic Review


KLC’s Principal Solicitor Emma Golledge was part of the Universal Periodic Review NGO Coordinating Committee this year, with the National Association of Community Legal Centres and the Human Rights Law Centre. The United Nations Universal Periodic Review is a process where the UN reviews member states’ human rights records every four years. In early 2015, Emma convened briefing sessions for NGOs on the UPR and engaged in consultation to identify thematic issues of concern. Emma worked with NGO representatives to draft the Joint NGO Submission on Australia’s human rights record, raising issues of concern including the erosion of democratic rights and freedoms since the last report, and  Indigenous, disability, refugee, discrimination, LGBTI  and gender equality issues. The Joint NGO submission, which made a number of recommendations, and was endorsed by 190 NGOs and is available here

NGOs including NACLC worked closely with the Australian Human Rights Commission and briefed missions on key issues of concern. The Australian Government appeared before the UN Human Rights Committee in November and was robustly questioned by missions on a number of key issues, which we raised in the Joint NGO Submission. KLC will be working with our NGO partners to follow up with the Australian Government on a number of recommendations in the report in the coming year. 
 
Pictured: KLC Solicitors Maria Nawaz and Dianne Anagnos

KLC Holds Gallop Court Pop-Up Repairs Clinic


Gallop Court is a public housing estate retrofitted for older tenants over 50 years old, which is part of the South Maroubra/Coral Sea Estate. Tenants from Gallop and community workers from the Junction Neighbourhood Centre asked us to come and talk to them about repairs issues after they heard about our community information session for the South Maroubra Tenants Group in October.   At our information session it became apparent that a number of residents needed help with repairs issues in their homes so we organised a Pop-Up Clinic on 13 November.
The Clinic was a great success with vulnerable clients attending – many of whom had mobility issues, which makes it very difficult for them to attend KLC. Advising these clients on their estates gave us the opportunity to visit their homes and take pictures, which we could print out and attach to our letters to Housing NSW. KLC staff enjoyed meeting so many of the residents on this lovely estate. We plan to follow up with all of the clients seen to ensure that their repairs have been actioned. Thanks to our partners in this clinic, The Junction Neighbourhood Centre - we appreciate their work in organising the clinic on the ground.

Willing To Work Submission

Kingsford Legal Centre made a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Willing to Work Inquiry into employment discrimination against workers with a disability and older workers. Drawing on our clients’ experience, KLC noted the prevalence of disability discrimination and the underreporting of age discrimination. We suggested the operation of the law could be improved to prevent discrimination by:
  • Allowing representative actions
  • Changing the federal courts to a no cost jurisdiction
  • Introducing a reverse burden of proof
  • Introducing civil penalty provisions
  • Introducing protection from discrimination for domestic workers
KLC solicitors Dianne Anagnos and Maria Nawaz also attended the AHRC consultation in Redfern and spoke to the Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan and the Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda. KLC discussed intersectional discrimination, which occurs when someone is discriminated against for more than one attribute, for example, race and disability. KLC noted that it is often the most vulnerable persons that face complex discrimination on multiple grounds, and that the law needs to be amended to recognise this as a separate form of discrimination. 
Pictured: KLC's volunteer solicitors at the annual dinner

Thanks To Our Brilliant Volunteers

KLC’s volunteers are the best!  So far this year KLC has given over 1500 advices – due in large part to our 60+ volunteer crew!  Your professionalism, compassion, skill and expertise are legendary around these parts and on behalf of our community we want to take this time to thank you and wish you all a lovely break!
Pictured: Edwina MacDonald

Farewell To Edwina MacDonald & Welcome To Kate Halliday


KLC’S Law Reform and Policy Solicitor Edwina MacDonald has gone on family leave for 12 months to give birth to her second baby. We all wish Edwina well and are looking forward to welcoming a new KLC baby. Kate Halliday has been hired to cover the position, and she will start work with us in early 2016. We look forward to working with Kate.

KLC Christmas Shut Down


KLC will be shutting its doors for 2015 at 5pm on Monday 21 December and reopening to the public at 9am on Monday 11 January. Our last advice night for the year is on Wednesday 16 December and our first for 2016 will be on Tuesday 12th January. All of us at KLC would like to wish our clients, colleagues, Law Faculty staff, community partners, students and funders a safe and restful break. We look forward to working with you all in 2016 .
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