MURA KALMEL SIPA STATEMENT: Former President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, stands with Torres Strait communities to demand greater action from Australian Government
Former President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, has been visiting communities in the Torres Strait between 17-24 April to stand alongside Uncle Paul Kabai on Saibai island and Uncle Pabai Pabai on Boigu island as...
MEDIA RELEASE: Major loophole in ministerial reshuffles to be challenged in Federal Court
Rex Patrick tackles the Information Commissioner’s decision that former Attorney General Christian Porter’s documents are no longer “official Ministerial documents”.
MEDIA RELEASE: Broken FOI system in Federal Court as transparency warrior Rex Patrick, tackles delays
On Monday 20 March from 10.15am, the Federal Court in Melbourne will hear a long-awaited challenge to the lengthy delays that plague freedom of information (FOI) requests being reviewed by the Australian Information Commissioner....
MEDIA RELEASE: High Court fight for safe housing in remote First Nations communities has far-reaching implications for renters nationwide
On Thursday 16 March from 9.45am, the High Court of Australia will consider whether compensation is available for distress or disappointment suffered by First Nations people living in dilapidated housing in remote communities. It...
MEDIA ALERT: Torres Strait communities outline fears for their future in lay evidence submissions to landmark climate case
The 'Australian Climate Case' progresses to the next step today with community members revealing how climate change has impacted lives in the Torres Strait.
MEDIA RELEASE: Tribunal uphold secrecy around key Robodebt documents
Key documents behind the former Government’s decision to set up the failed Robodebt scheme will not be released, following a decision in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
MEDIA RELEASE: Top lawyers join forces to warn governments: act on climate or face the courts
Lawyers from over twenty organisations say countries must ramp up their climate action or face accountability in courts. Their open letter comes as the UN climate chief warns current plans are "nowhere near” what...
MEDIA RELEASE: High Court agrees to hear First Nations renters’ case for compensation from NT Government for dilapidated housing
The High Court will decide whether compensation is available for distress or disappointment suffered by First Nations people living in remote dilapidated housing, in a case that could have ramifications for all Australian renters....
MEDIA RELEASE: Controversial Remote Rent Framework could be knocked out in Supreme Court challenge today
Three renters from Gunbalanya and one from Laramba will attempt to overturn the NT Government’s new Remote Rent Framework in a judicial review challenge at the NT Supreme Court today.
MEDIA RELEASE: Pursue justice and risk the family home? New research finds Australian courts are the domain of the wealthy
First Nations people, people with disability and victim-survivors of sexual harassment are among those being increasingly priced out of Australian courts, legal advocates have warned. A new report by Grata Fund, The Impossible Choice:...
MEDIA RELEASE: $70 million in remote rental debt wiped in the wake of powerful litigation led by Aboriginal people from remote Laramba and Santa Teresa
Another dramatic revelation in the remote housing litigation has seen $69.7 million in alleged rental debts in remote Northern Territory communities quietly written off by the Treasurer.
MEDIA RELEASE: Fight for decent homes continues as Santa Teresa community appeals housing case to High Court
In a case that could affect all tenants in Australia, residents of Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa), an Eastern Arrernte community about 85km south of Alice Springs, have applied to take their fight for decent...
MEDIA RELEASE: Northern Territory’s highest court confirms right to decent housing for First Nations people living in remote communities
In an important victory for remote communities, the Northern Territory’s Court of Appeal this morning confirmed that the NT government must provide decent housing, and rejected the NT government’s third attempt to water down...
MEDIA RELEASE: Landmark class action lawsuit sees frontline communities sue Australian Government for climate crisis
First Nations leaders from the remote islands of Boigu and Saibai in Guda Maluyligal in the Torres Strait (Zenadth Kes) are taking the Australian Federal Government to court in a bid to prevent the...
MEDIA RELEASE: Federal Government brings Bill to hide documents about ‘National Cabinet’s’ Covid-19 response and more
Responding to the Federal Government’s tabling of legislation designed to exclude National Cabinet from Freedom of Information Act requests, Isabelle Reinecke, Executive Director of Grata Fund, said:
MEDIA RELEASE: New hearing as Federal Government fights to keep Robodebt information secret
A long-running legal battle to access documents behind the Federal Government’s botched Robodebt scheme will be back before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on Wednesday 25 August.
MEDIA RELEASE: Litigation hitlist launched to challenge the Government’s FOI refusals
The Federal Government is routinely rejecting Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from journalists, civil society organisations and the public on spurious and potentially unlawful grounds, according to analysis by Grata Fund.
MEDIA RELEASE: Secrecy surrounding Robodebt to be tested in legal battle
A long-running legal battle to access documents behind the Federal Government’s botched Robodebt scheme reaches the Administrative Appeals Tribunal this week in a hearing that begins today.
MEDIA RELEASE: Territory Government's water investment must mean urgent action on safe water for remote communities
Today the Territory Government announced a plan to invest in water infrastructure in some remote communities facing water stress, however, funding is needed for every single community living without safe access to water as...
MEDIA RELEASE: Minister Ley to face legal challenge on refusal to grant FOI access to documents about controversial ‘fast tracked’ projects
The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) will today file a case at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) challenging Environment Minister Sussan Ley’s refusal to release documents requested under Freedom of Information laws about 15 ‘fast...