Insights: Religious freedoms and the law

With the recent publicised dispute between Israel Folau and Rugby Australia, and the subsequent discussion of a religious freedom bill before Parliament, attention in the community has again been drawn to religious freedoms in Australia. This panel discussion will explore the current framework for religious freedoms, and provide a chance for a deeper understanding of the debate as well as how religious considerations impact many areas of law.

More information here

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Community Legal Education Seminars

PLEA volunteers will be providing free community legal education seminars

  • Neighbourhood Disputes 5th Aug
  • Fines & Debts 12th Aug
  • Family Law 19th Aug
  • Tenancy & Renters Rights 26th Aug
  • Employment Rights 2nd Sept
  • Public Transport Law 9th Sept
  • Driving Laws 12th Sept

All seminars begin at 4pm

Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre
34 Amaroo St, Chadstone 9807 2625

Please note we cannot give legal advice

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Volunteer with PLEA!

We are looking for volunteers in our programs in the community across Melbourne, and for prisons and youth justice centres in Melbourne and Geelong.

Volunteers have the unique opportunity to put their legal knowledge into practice working with communities in prisons and the community.

Learn more and apply here.



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Insights: Criminal Law Sentencing

In light of the recent sentencing of Borce Ristevski and Joseph Esmaili, sections of the community have expressed anger and shock at what appears to be a disparity between the proportionality of these sentences. Families of the victims and the community are trying to grapple with the 9-year (6-year non-parole) sentence of Risetevski for the manslaughter of his wife, Karen Ristevski, and the 10-year, mandatory minimum non-parole sentence of Esmaili for the one-punch manslaughter of surgeon Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann. Are these sentences justified? If not, what can be done to quell the community’s concern that justice is served?

Book tickets here.

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We are recruiting!

PLEA is recruiting for volunteers in our programs in the community across Melbourne, and for prisons and youth justice centres in Melbourne and Geelong.

If you’re a law student with a passion for social justice and availability to deliver sessions for 12 months of more, we would love to hear from you.

Learn more and apply here.

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Community event: Family Law and Dispute Resolution

In partnership with the Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre Inc. in Chadstone, PLEA will be hosting a community information session on Family Law and Dispute Resolution on Monday 13 May.

This free session is open to all community members (note PLEA volunteers provide general legal education but cannot provide individual case advice).

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PLEA Insights: Wage Theft

With increasing instances of vulnerable workers (including migrant workers, backpackers, retail and hospitality workers) being denied work entitlements, there have been calls to create a criminal offence to combat crippling underpayments and denials of entitlements. Join our panel of employment rights advocates as we delve into the prospect of criminalising underpaying workers, and whether such an offence would curb these actions in the retail, hospitality and other industries.

Further information and tickets.

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PLEA Insights: Lawyer X

PLEA invites you to the first legal insight event of 2019 covering the controversial topic of LAWYER X

A police informer and defence lawyer representing gangland figures in Melbourne, Lawyer X/Informer 3838’s pseudonym has rippled through the legal community, and people want to know – what are the legal, ethical and moral consequences of a trusted legal counsel giving up her client’s information to police? How do these actions affect her role as a lawyer, and how does this reflect on the legal community more broadly?

More information and book tickets here.

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Happy Holidays from PLEA

On behalf of everyone at PLEA we wish our volunteers, partners and supporters a very happy holiday season. We will continue program delivery across the holiday season.

2019 will be another huge year for us with the growth of our prison and community programs and launch of our expanded Insights program. Watch this space for announcements in the new year.

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