First Nations Remote Housing Rights - Santa Teresa

Jasmine Cavanagh, an Eastern Arrente woman and young mother living Santa Teresa, NT, and 69 other households in her community have been fighting for 600 urgent repairs to their rental properties since 2015. With the support of Grata, Jasmine's community and their expert lawyers from Australian Lawyers for Remote Aboriginal Rights (ALRAR) took the NT government to the NT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NTCAT) and won! They’ve now established a legal precedent that could change the state of remote housing for communities all across the NT. 

Many houses posed serious health and safety risks to residents, with some structurally unsound, without running water, sewerage, and ventilation, despite the temperatures regularly hovering above 40 degrees in summer and below zero degrees in winter.

After pushing for urgent repairs for years the residents of Santa Teresa, supported by Australian Lawyers for Remote Aboriginal Rights (ALRAR) were forced to take their case to court. Their landlord, the NT Government, ignored their pleas for repairs and safe housing for years and then counter-sued the community for millions in dodgy rental debts. Not only did the community win, but the Government's counter-suit was dismissed by the NTCAT.

 

Jasmine Cavanagh, an Eastern Arrente woman and resident of Santa Teresa standing out the front of her house.

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The Palace Letters

Professor Jenny Hocking, a historian from Monash University and Gough Whitlam’s biographer is taking the National Archives of Australia to the High Court seeking access to the Palace letters with the support of Grata Fund.

The Palace letters, between Sir John Kerr and the Queen at the time of Kerr’s dismissal of the Whitlam government, are of the greatest historical significance and clear public interest. They are the missing link to knowing what really happened when the Governor-General dismissed the Whitlam government, one of the most contentious episodes in our political history. 

Black and White image of Sir John Kerr speaking to reporters

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First Nations Native Title Appeal

Adrian Burragubba and members of the Wangan & Jagalingou people (W&J), the Traditional Owners of the land in Queensland’s Galilee Basin have been fighting to protect their land from the Adani Carmichael mine. When they applied to the Federal Court to challenge the process used by Adani to obtain consent from the Traditional Owners for approval, the case almost didn’t make it. As the deadline drew tight Grata was able to step in and provide the money needed for them to have their day in court.

Adrian Burragubba speaking at a rally

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Commonwealth Bank Disability Discrimination and the Albert machines

In 2018 disability advocates, Graeme and Nadia, bravely challenged CommBank’s inaccessible EFTPOS technology in court. With the backing of Grata Fund and the expert team at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre they forced CommBank to agree to make changes to touchpad EFTPOS machine to make it accessible and secure for blind and vision-impaired people.

Screenshot of SBS reporter reporting on Albert terminal case

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Mum-and-dad shareholders take CBA to court

The Grata Community backed mum-and-dad shareholders and their lawyers at Environmental Justice Australia to take on the Commonwealth Bank over their failure to consider the risks of climate change to their shareholdings. 

After years of ignoring calls from shareholders to look at climate change risk, the bank finally backed down in the face of litigation and started to report risks associated with climate to shareholders.

Turtle swimming in beautiful blue ocean

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Drs4Refugees : speaking out about conditions in offshore detention

When the Australian Government introduced gag laws to penalise Australian doctors with up to two years of jail time for speaking out about horrific conditions in offshore detention Grata was able to step in.

By supporting Doctors 4 Refugees and Fitzroy Legal Service’s High Court challenge to gag laws in the Border Force Act we were able to mount enough pressure to force the Government to remove them. Support from the Grata community was essential to achieve this outcome and showed the power of our movement and litigation to hold governments accountable to the law.

Large crowd of protestors holding signs at Doctors for Refugees Rally in Sydney.

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First Nations People hold Facebook & Google responsible for racism

Young Aboriginal woman Larrissa Baldwin decided to fight Facebook and Google for promoting a racist video game that rewarded players for murdering First Nations people. 

So the Grata Community chipped in to help Larrissa and her colleagues get to Sydney for a face-to-face conciliation meeting with the internet giants and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Larissa Baldwin, Indigenous Activist standing in group wearing Seed Mob shirts.

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