Articles by Paul Gregoire

Returning to Work after Cancer: An Interview with Professor Bogda Koczwara


In the past, the C word was something people didn’t like to discuss in polite company. However, with increasingly better treatments becoming available, cancer no longer necessarily marks the end of a person’s life. This year, the number of Australians living with cancer or having survived a diagnosis of the condition has exceeded one million ...

South Australia Set to Overturn Discriminatory Laws


South Australia was the first state in the country to decriminalise homosexuality under Labor premier Don Dunstan on September 17, 1975. However, the state has lagged behind the rest of the nation in recent years when it comes to laws that discriminate against a person based on their sexuality or gender identity. The premier’s apology ...

Euthanasia Laws: Conservative Politicians Defeat the Will of the People


Suicide is no longer a crime in Australia. If a person attempts to take their own life and fails, they will not face criminal charges for doing so, as they were in the past. Society now understands that survivors of suicide attempts need help, not punishment. But the act itself is heavily stigmatised. A person ...

West Papua: Australia’s Neighbour Under Siege


Indonesian police arrested 106 West Papuans praying in a park in the coastal city of Sorong in West Papua last Saturday. The group was celebrating the eighth anniversary of the West Papua Committee (KNPB): a non-violent organisation campaigning for self-determination. Authorities said the activists were taken to the Sorong police station as they’d been calling ...

An Unfair Dismissal? An Interview with Former Police Constable Hugh Brennan


We’ve reported on a number of police officers who’ve engaged in crime, corruption and other forms of misconduct, yet still been allowed to remain on the NSW Police Force. There are currently hundreds of officers on the NSW force with criminal convictions against their names, and others who are allowed to keep their badges despite ...

Youth Crime: Incarceration is Not the Answer


A fight broke out between two groups at Melbourne’s inner city Birrarung Marr park on March 12 this year. The altercation sparked the Moomba riots that erupted across the city’s CBD that night. Two more brawls took place between groups of youths on the CBD streets during the night. These fights were between a group ...

End the Stolen Generation: An Interview with GMAR’s Aunty Hazel Collins


Currently, there are 15,000 Indigenous children living in out-of-home care in Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are nine times more likely to be forcibly removed from their families, than non-Indigenous children. A report released by Family Matters – a coalition of 150 Indigenous community leaders and child protection bodies – revealed these figures ...

The Netherlands Closes Prisons, While Australia Builds More


As previously reported, the Dutch prison system is suffering a curious problem: they don’t have enough inmates, so they’re closing down prisons. In 2014, the government shutdown 19 facilities, while in 2009, they closed the doors on eight. And in March this year, the Dutch government announced that five more institutions are slated for closure ...

Untold Current Atrocities: Myanmar’s Persecution of the Rohingya


As Myanmar’s security forces begin arming Rakhine Buddhist civilians in the northern state of Rakhine, local Rohingya Muslims are set to face new waves of persecution. Last week, Rakhine police chief Colonel Sein Lwin said his force was recruiting a new regional police to counter an alleged threat from the stateless Rohingya minority. This comes ...

Helping Trans Youth: An Interview with Inner City Legal Centre’s Hilary Kincaid


Sammi is an 18-year-old transgender woman who lives in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. She’s a keen photographer and a filmmaker. “Like approximately 4 in 2,000 kids I was born into the wrong body,” Sammi explains. “With a birth certificate telling me that I was biologically male.” At the age of 17, she began transitioning. In Australia, ...