Articles by Paul Gregoire

Queensland Finally Abolishes the Gay Panic Defence


It’s actually happened. Queensland has abolished gay panic defence. The Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2016 was passed in state parliament on Tuesday night, amending section 304 of the state’s Criminal Code so that an unwanted sexual advance is no longer a provocation to kill somebody. Officially known as the homosexual advancement defence, gay panic is ...

Predicting and Preventing Crime: An Interview with CTDS’s Dr Roman Marchant


The future is now. Even before you move into your new model home, in that recently-designed outer suburb in metropolitan Sydney, big data is watching you. And it doesn’t need to monitor your movements, or even address your motives, it just needs to know your postcode. Or that’s one way you could perceive the new ...

Keep Adani Out: An Interview with Wangan and Jagalingou Council’s Murrawah Johnson


The Adani Carmichael coal mine is a $22 billion dollar project that, if approved, will be built in the Galilee Basin, Queensland. If the Indian multinational manages to get approval, the mine will be the biggest in Australia, comprised of six open-cut pits and five underground mines. Of course, a mine of this magnitude will ...

Innocent Until Proven Guilty? Australian Prisons Full of Inmates on Remand


The Ravenhall prison riot broke out on June 30 2015. The major reason given for the disturbance was a tobacco ban that was about to be enforced the following day. However, an independent report found another major reason behind the incident was overcrowding in the correctional facility. The official name of the prison located in ...

Refugees On Sovereign Soil: An Interview with Koradji Aboriginal Tent Embassy’s Gabitja


The original Aboriginal Tent Embassy was founded on the lawns of what is now called old Parliament House in Canberra on Invasion Day, January 26 1972. Four Indigenous activists instigated the protest that’s still going strong 45 years later. These young men were Billy Craigie, Bertie Williams, Tony Coorey and Michael Ghillar Anderson: the last ...

#ProtectJournalists: An Interview with Reporters Without Borders’ Delphine Halgand


Journalists often expose harsh realities to the general public, and this can rub certain people up the wrong way. Whether it’s reporting on corrupt politicians, investigating organised crime, or revealing the repressive practices of military forces: those targeted are rarely thankful for the exposure. And if journalists do reveal these truths, they can sometimes pay the ...

A Period of Populist Chaos: An Interview with Professor Jonathan Bogais


Over recent years, China has been constructing a series of artificial islands with military capabilities in the South China Sea. This “great wall of sand” is situated within Beijing’s nine-dash line: a demarcation encompassing the majority of this sea that China asserts sovereignty over. These islands are constructed upon partly-submerged reefs in the contested Spratly ...

Beijing Launches “All-Out Offensive” Against Uyghur Minority


Beijing has unleashed an “all-out offensive” in the far western province of Xinjiang on the pretext of a terrorist threat from members of the nation’s predominantly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority. Thousands of paramilitary personnel have been dispersed throughout the region, along with aerial patrols and satellite tracking of vehicles. Questions have arisen as to what specifically ...

Aboriginal Resistance is Mounting: An Interview with FIRE’s Laura Lyons


Over recent years, there’s been a resurgence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resistance movements. Localised Indigenous groups have reached out to others across the country, forming a network united under the common causes of treaty, sovereignty and decolonisation. This unity could be felt on March 19 2015, when around 18,000 people turned up at ...

Should Trans People be Permitted to Use Bathrooms of Their Choice?


In the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory last November, a wave of hate crimes spread across the US. Perpetrated against minority groups, those who bore the brunt of the attacks were Muslims, Latin Americans, black people and members the LGBTIQ community. As this transpired, concerns were raised as to what Trump’s victory would mean ...