28
APR
2016

Barbaro amendments herald important changes for legal profession

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills The Honourable Yvette D’Ath Barbaro amendments herald important changes for legal profession The Palaszczuk Government has today passed amendments to improve the consistency of sentencing and efficien
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29
MAR
2016

Toowoomba gets first bite of new disability funding

TOOWOOMBA is to get the first bite of major new funds for the disability sector. A Bilateral Agreement has been signed by the State and Federal Governments over the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said people with disabilities now had cer
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22
FEB
2016

Mental Health Act 2015

On 18 February 2016 Parliament passed legislation amending the Mental Health Act 2000. A range of new measures will help ensure better outcomes for mental health patients. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick welcomed the passage of the Mental Health Bill 2015, sayi
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22
FEB
2016

Mental Health Bill 2015 – Passed by Queensland Parliament

Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce that, last night, the Mental Health Bill 2015 was passed by Queensland Parliament. This is a major achievement for the portfolio, delivered after extensive community consultation. Passage of this Bill has cleared the way for Queensland to unde
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21
DEC
2015

QAILS media release – A fairer Queensland for people with disabilities

A fairer Queensland for people with disabilities People with disabilities will get a ‘fairer go’ after today’s announcement of an inquiry into the need for a Human Rights Act, to be undertaken by the Parliamentary Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee. ‘The Queensland Parliamen
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22
SEP
2015

‘Fair go’ for people in South-West Queensland

The Advocacy and Support Centre (TASC) in Toowoomba has welcomed the Queensland Labor Party’s commitment to new human rights laws that will ensure better services, fairer laws, and the meaningful protection of the human rights of people in the Toowoomba area. To read the full media re
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22
SEP
2015

Major mental health reforms proposed for Queensland

TASC’s Legal Services Coordinator was privileged to attend both a Special Briefing on the Mental Health Bill 2015 with The Honourable Minister for Heath and Ambulance Services, Cameron Dick and key stakeholders across the State who provided nearly 100 submissions in response to the re
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22
SEP
2015

National Association of Community Legal Centres Conference

TASC’s CEO and Legal Services Coordinator were fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the National Association of Community Legal Centres Annual Conference from August 24-27. The theme of the Conference was “Unless” and the focus was on storytelling in CLC work. Unless our storie
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08
SEP
2015

National Conference Of Community Legal Centres Presentation On Disability Law Project And Queensland Criminal Justice Centre

TASC CEO Philippa Whitman presented a session on TASC’s Disability Law Project at this year’s National Association of Community Legal Centres National Conference held from 25-27 August in Melbourne. The DLP represents and advocates for defendants in the criminal justice system with an
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08
SEP
2015

TASC Appointment to Queensland Representative for the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)

On August 20 TASC announced its appointment as the Queensland Representative for the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA). The President and Chief Executive Officer of NEDA travelled to Toowoomba for the announcement and graciously welcomed TASC to the national organisation. TAS
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15
JUL
2015

TASC Makes Submission on Mental Health Bill 2000

The Advocacy and Support Centre Inc (TASC) supports the proposal to give Magistrates extended powers to discharge a person for simple offences if the person was, or appears to be, of unsound mind or unfit for trial when the offence was allegedly committed. TASC has long advocated for
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28
MAY
2015

More help for vulnerable Queenslanders with legal problems

Queensland’s community legal centres have welcomed last night’s budget announcement that increases federal funding by thirty percent. Vulnerable Queenslanders with legal problems will be able to access better funded services, which have historically been resourced. Read re
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28
MAY
2015

TASC to present at the 2015 National Community Legal Centres Conference in Melbourne

TASC has been invited to present at the 2015 National Community Legal Centres Conference in Melbourne on 25-27 August. The abstract paper presented to the Conference organisers was about TASC’s Disability Law Project.  The presentation is coupled with a presentation from the Hunter Co
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28
MAY
2015

TASC provides training to Constables of the Queensland Police Force

As part of our Disability Law Project (DLP), TASC provides training to Constables of the Queensland Police Force on issues relating to dealing with clients with intellectual disability, mental illness or other cognitive impairment. Police Officers are key personnel influencing  the wa
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28
MAY
2015

Queensland Multicultural Week is the State’s largest celebration of Multiculturalism.

This year it is to be celebrated from Saturday 22 August to Sunday 30 August. TASC joins the State Government in building greater awareness of Multiculturalism across our communities in Toowoomba, Ipswich and South West Queensland. Our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Action Plan
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10
MAY
2015

National Disability Insurance Scheme

In April 2015 the Office of the Public Advocate (Qld) released its Submission to the National Disability Insurance Scheme relating to the Proposal for a National Disability Insurance Scheme Quality and Safeguarding Framework. The Public Advocate is concerned to ensure that the forthco
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10
MAY
2015

TASC’S DISABILITY LAW PROJECT LAWYER | POSITIVE OUTCOME

TASC’s Disability Law Project Lawyer, Mr. Joe Millican, achieved a positive outcome for a client in the Toowoomba Court this week. http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/a-toowoomba-solicitor-has-questioned-the-duty-of-c/2627382/ Joe has again demonstrated his legal and analytical skills
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07
MAY
2015

Committee for Economic Development

Committee for Economic Development On 21 April 2015 the Committee for Economic Development of Australia released a policy perspective examining issues associated with the economics of disadvantage. http://www.ceda.com.au/research-and-policy/policy-priorities/disadvantage There are a s
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26
NOV
2014

QUEESLAND LAW REFORM COMMISSION invites submissions for proposed law reform

The Queensland Law Reform Commission is preparing its proposed program of work for the next five years for submission to the Attorney-General. The Commission will have regard to whether there is a demonstrated need for reform; whether the item is suitable having regard to the role of
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08
SEP
2014

There are calls to overhaul Queensland laws to allow magistrates to consider the mental capacity of people charged with crimes.

On Wednesday 3 September 2014, the following story aired on the ABC Lateline program. http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2014/s4080567.htm
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