"Daniel's father is an Australian citizen and he is of Aboriginal descent, so we argue any attempt to deport him would be unlawful. If ever there was a case for the exercise of ministerial discretion, this is the case.” Rod Hodgson via @abcnews https://t.co/BKWe2vrixV
The work of Maurice Blackburn continues to be a critical voice in helping women access their rights and ensure everyone has fair and equitable access to justice regardless of gender.
Continuing to champion women’s reproductive choices, advocating for changes of legislation and striking the right balance between freedom of expression and a woman’s right to privately and safely access healthcare.
Women's reproductive choices in Victoria
A Victorian woman seeking IVF treatment using her own eggs and donor sperm took her case to court after she was refused the procedure because she did not have the consent of her estranged husband, from whom she is separated.
In a Federal Court hearing in Melbourne in September, we successfully argued that the Victorian law requiring her husband's consent was invalid as it was inconsistent with federal sex discrimination laws. We acted pro bono in this matter.
Challenge to Victoria’s fertility clinic safe access zones
Clubb v. Edwards & Anor
In 2018, we acted pro bono for the East Melbourne Fertility Control Clinic in the High Court, after safe access laws, which protect the ability of women to safely access legal, reproductive healthcare, were challenged.
This case raises important questions about the Constitution and the rights of women. The Court is being asked to look at the safe access zone laws and determine whether they are an impermissible burden on the implied freedom of political communication under the Constitution.
The issue of how to balance the reproductive rights, safety and privacy of those seeking fertility control services against the activities of anti-abortionists is not new. Victoria’s safe access zone laws were introduced following a 2015 Supreme Court challenge by the East Melbourne Clinic.
This current High Court case has challenged the legislative basis of these reforms, in Victoria and interstate. It is a relatively rare instance of the High Court adjudicating a matter where human rights are front and centre. Attorney-General's offices across the country have exercised their rights to intervene in the matter. This is because many states have either recently passed safe access zone legislation, or they are looking at doing so.
The submissions Maurice Blackburn made on behalf of the Fertility Control Clinic to the High Court are available online and it is anticipated that the High Court will hand down their decision in 2019.
“Disability in the workplace is more common that people think. Over 4 million people in Australia have some form of disability and employers should be mindful of their responsibilities to support employees who have a disability. It is against the law to discriminate against employees, or potential employees, on the basis of disability and employers have an obligation to make reasonable adjustments to enable people with a disability to perform their duties.” Sarah Atkinson, Principal and Chair of our Accessibility and Inclusion Committee. Disability Action Week runs from 9 to 15 September in Queensland to raise awareness of disability issues and empower people with a disability.
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"Large segments of Australia's workforce and institutions have been exposed in recent years for appalling rates of sexual harassment, with common themes throughout: those affected feeling that they couldn't speak out, and those with the power to help failing to act."
Liberty Sanger, Principal and Board Member Maurice Blackburn, Chair Equal Workplaces Advisory Council Victoria
“Protecting and standing up for the vulnerable through our use of the legal system can help Australian communities come to terms with the injustices of the past and present. Through recognition and compensation, those in need can also find hope for the future. But the fight is far from over.” Jennifer Kanis, Head of Social Justice
“Human rights are for all of us, every day. Let’s make these rights real in our work and interactions and not forget that it is only when we have our rights breached that human rights have the most work to do.” Jacinta Lewin, Senior Associate, Social Justice Practice #HumanRightsDay
“If we are serious about addressing violence against women and children, we must also tackle the many key social issues facing women, including gender inequality. For too many women, inequalities persist throughout their life - from childhood, to entering the workforce, starting a family, and in retirement. We must set the standard now that all forms of inequality facing women, and the attitudes and treatment of women that this inequality creates, are unacceptable in modern Australia.” Liberty Sanger, Principal and Board Member Maurice Blackburn, Chair Equal Workplaces Advisory Council Victoria
Australia has officially said YES! Now let’s make it happen.
We have filed a pro-bono class action for people seeking asylum who were detained between August 2011 and July 2017. If you were detained in an Australian immigration detention centre during this time, we encourage you to register. http://bit.ly/2mlw4Th
We have filed a pro-bono class action on behalf of asylum seekers who we allege were unlawfully detained over the past six years.
"The points that we raise in our case have never been tested by the court," Jennifer Kanis said. "This case has potentially wide-ranging implications for the way Australia detains people who are seeking asylum." More information on our website: https://www.mauriceblackburn.com.au/…/unlawful-detention-o…/
Land is very sacred in Aboriginal culture. So when the NLC tried to build a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty without all the traditional owners’ consent, they fought for their right to be heard. https://www.facebook.com/MauriceBlackburnLawyers/videos/1732108537041722/
"Our current workplace structures are failing. We’ve got to restart the conversation about employers acting with integrity." @libertysanger
From equal wages for Aboriginal stockmen in 1966, to protecting Muckaty Station from becoming a nuclear waste dump in 2014, we are proud to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to address injustice. #ReconciliationWeek