Public interest cases

Graeme Innes
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PIAC conducts litigation on a broad range of public interest issues.

We take on cases that have an impact beyond the individual client and can benefit the wider community, particularly disadvantaged sectors of the community.

Our work includes advice and representation in test cases, representative or class actions and intervening or appearing as amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) in cases that raise significant public interest issues.

In recent years PIAC has undertaken litigation in relation to human rights, deaths in custody, consumer protection, discrimination, police conduct and other government actions that impact upon disadvantaged groups in the community. 

Case summaries

High Court challenge: same-sex marriage postal survey

Electricity price challenge

Audible on-train announcements

Wheelchair accessible taxis

Arbitrary detention: Joanne Darcy

Coronial inquests

Disability discrimination: air travel

Death in custody: Simpson 

Homosexual vilification: Laws, Price & 2UE

Indefinite immigration detention

Children in migration detention

Integrity of elections

Defamation: Romzi Ali

Advertising by legal practitioners

Same-sex discrimination: foster parents

Disability discrimination: Sydney Olympic Games ticketing

Scarlett Finney v Hills Grammar School

Free speech cases

Consumer rights and the NAB

Homefund: fair loans

Asbestos exposure – Baryulgil mine

Sex discrimination: Port Kembla Steelworks

Dalkon shield

Chelmsford: deep sleep tragedy

Arthur Austin’s challenge to electricity costs


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