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High Court declares government’s same-sex marriage vote lawful

September 7, 2017

The High Court of Australia has confirmed that the government’s decision to hold and fund the postal vote on same-sex marriage is lawful. PIAC represented Andrew Wilkie, Member for Denison, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and Felicity … read more

High Court hearing in same-sex marriage postal vote challenge begins today

September 5, 2017

The High Court of Australia, sitting in Melbourne, will today begin hearing challenges to the government’s postal vote on same-sex marriage. The hearing is expected to take two days. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Human Rights Law Centre … read more

Electricity bill relief package welcome news for households doing it tough

September 4, 2017

PIAC’s Energy + Water Consumers Advocacy Program (EWCAP) has welcomed the NSW electricity bill relief package, announced yesterday. EWCAP Team Leader, Craig Memery said that the full package, which includes a combination of rebates and discounts for low-income households and … read more

Hearing tomorrow in High Court case to stop same-sex marriage postal vote

September 4, 2017

The High Court in Melbourne will tomorrow begin hearing cases brought by PIAC and the Human Rights Law Centre to stop the same-sex marriage postal vote. The hearing is expected to take two days. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre and … read more

Speech to ACCC electricity supply & prices inquiry public forum

August 15, 2017

Jonathon Hunyor, CEO, Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Sydney, 14 August 2017. Thank you to the ACC for the invitation to speak this evening. We are grateful for the opportunity and commend the inclusive and rigorous approach that the Commission has … read more

Government agrees to wait for outcome of High Court challenge – listed for hearing 5-6 September

August 11, 2017

At a preliminary hearing in the High Court today, the government agreed that it will not post out any papers in the same-sex postal vote before 12 September, to allow this case to be heard. The case has been listed … read more

Injunction to stop same sex marriage postal vote to be heard today

August 11, 2017

The High Court will this afternoon hear the interlocutory application for an injunction to stop any work taking place on the voluntary postal survey process. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre yesterday commenced proceedings in the High Court, seeking to stop … read more

Challenge to same-sex marriage postal vote filed in High Court

August 10, 2017

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre has today commenced proceedings in the High Court, seeking to stop the government proceeding with the postal vote on same sex marriage. PIAC is representing Andrew Wilkie, Member for Denison, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of … read more

Proposed homelessness laws heavy-handed and counter-productive

August 9, 2017

The NSW Government’s proposed new laws to give police more power to forcibly evict homeless people from public spaces are heavy-handed and an ineffective way of dealing with homelessness in the inner city. ‘There are over 400 rough sleepers in … read more

Marriage equality postal vote to be challenged in High Court

August 7, 2017

Equality advocates will challenge a marriage equality postal vote in the High Court if the Government goes ahead with the idea. Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays has received legal advice from leading QC, Ron Merkel, which gives it … read more

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