Articles by Paul Gregoire

Portugal’s Experience of Drug Decriminalisation


Around one percent of the population in Portugal was addicted to heroin in 1999. The nation also reportedly had the highest number of drug-related AIDS deaths in the European Union. The government had been waging the usual war on drugs since the 1980s, but it wasn’t working. However, Portugal’s current drug-induced death rate sits at ...

Melbourne Needs an Injecting Room: An Interview with Australian Sex Party Leader Fiona Patten


There’s a renewed push for a medically supervised injecting centre to be established in Melbourne, amid concerns over continuing overdose deaths on the streets. Leading the campaign is Victorian Sex Party MLC Fiona Patten, who introduced a private member’s bill before parliament on February 8. The Pilot Medically Supervised Injecting Centre Bill 2017 calls for an eighteen ...

NSW Police Pursuit Results in Another Tragic Death


NSW police have engaged in the pursuit of a vehicle yet again, and this time the chase has led to the tragic death of a teen. Around 2 am last Friday, police tried to stop a ute in Kempsey. But when the driver refused to pull over, the officers chased the youth 50 kilometres up the ...

A Return to the Greens Radical Roots: An Interview with Left Renewal


Left Renewal is a group of left-leaning rank and file members of the NSW Greens party that caused a stir amongst the broader Australian Greens, when they announced their presence in December last year and declared their anti-capitalist agenda The arrival of this socialist group has posed a challenge to the mainstream Greens as a ...

Australia Will Finally Ratify Law Against Torture


A group of up to 20 teenagers, who are being held in the Grevillea Unit of Victoria’s Barwon prison, rioted on Monday night. The youths have been placed in the unit of the adult prison due to the rioting that’s been occurring in the state’s youth justice centres over the last year. The Victorian Supreme ...

Stop Trying to Make Gay People ‘Straight’: An Interview with Brave Network’s Nathan Despott


The Victorian government has set up a new health complaints watchdog. The Health Complaints Commissioner has the power to place temporary or permanent bans on unethical health providers, and this will include practitioners of gay conversion therapy. The legislation that gives the commissioner power- the Victorian Health Complaints Act 2016 – came into effect on February 1 this ...

Buddhist Monk Charged with Commercial Drug Supply


Last Sunday night, senior Buddhist monk U Arsara was driving in his Toyota Kluger from Shwe Baho village in southern Maungdaw district, in the northwestern state of Rakhine, Myanmar. At around 6 pm, he was stopped by police at the Bawdhikone checkpoint on the outskirts of the township. The Buddhist monk was heading to a ...

Providing a Future for NT Youth: An Interview with Bush Mob CEO Will MacGregor


Last week, the Northern Territory Supreme Court released Dylan Voller from prison, eight months early. Justice Barr released the 19-year-old Indigenous man, so he can undertake a sixteen week rehabilitation program at the Bush Mob facility in Alice Springs. Mr Voller came to national attention last July, after the ABC Four Corners’ program Australia’s Shame exposed abuse ...

Victorian Youth Justice Crisis: An Interview with Jesuit Social Services CEO Julie Edwards


Fifteen youths from Victoria’s Malmsbury youth justice centre rioted and then escaped from the facility on January 25. This led to what Victoria police called a “small crime wave.” The last two teens were apprehended by police 24 hours after the breakout. According to Victorian opposition statistics, this now makes a total of 29 riots in the ...

Drop Appeal Against Racial Discrimination Ruling: An Interview with Professor Gracelyn Smallwood


Cameron Doomadgee died in police custody on Palm Island on November 19, 2004. The 36-year-old Indigenous man was arrested for being drunk and disorderly. Soon after being detained, he died from massive internal injuries. After the incident, Palm Island residents were critical of authorities for failing to remove Sergeant Chris Hurley, the arresting officer, from the ...