Articles by Paul Gregoire

Barriers to Medicinal Cannabis: An Interview with Medical Cannabis Advisory’s Grace Sands


Last week, a Greens motion passed through federal parliament that allows terminally ill patients faster access to cannabis medicines. These patients are now able to import up to three months’ supply of medical marijuana from regulated markets overseas. The disallowance motion amended changes that the Turnbull government made to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) Special ...

Terminally Ill Given Faster Access to Medical Cannabis


A Greens motion passed through the federal Senate on Tuesday that allows terminally ill patients faster access to medicinal cannabis. Under the new provisions, patients that have a prescription are able to import up to three months of the medicine from regulated markets overseas. Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale moved the motion that was ...

Australia’s Denial of Indigenous Rights: An Interview with Koorie Institute’s Terry Mason


The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIP) is an international human rights agreement outlining the inalienable rights of the First Peoples of all continents and islands of the globe. Although it’s not legally binding, it sets up guiding principles for governments to abide by. Enshrined within the 46 articles of the document are ...

Sydney’s Street Kitchen and Safe Space Going Strong, Despite Council Threats


Sydney’s 24-7 Street Kitchen and Safe Space has been providing the city’s homeless with meals and a sheltered area to sleep in since mid-December last year. Currently, the kitchen is dealing with an influx of people to feed, as the only drop-in centre in the city has temporarily shut its doors. On average, the street kitchen ...

Housing First: An Interview with Homelessness NSW’s Digby Hughes


Currently, there’s a video clip doing the rounds of Facebook that informs the viewer about Medicine Hat: a Canadian city that’s actually eradicated homelessness. To do this, the city has implemented a somewhat revolutionary, as well as rather obvious initiative. The traditional approach to homelessness was to expect a person living on the streets to ...

Empowering Sex Workers: An Interview with Urban Realist’s Julie Bates


Amnesty International has formally adopted a policy to protect and fulfil the human rights of sex workers. This position includes calling for the decriminalisation of sex work, which they define as “consensual exchanges between adults.” The starting point of their policy is to prevent and redress the human rights violations perpetrated against sex workers globally, as part of their ...

Treaty First: An Interview with Uluru Summit Delegate Fred Hooper


The Uluru Statement from the Heart was the culmination of a six month process that saw the Referendum Council traveling the country carrying out a series of dialogues with First Nations representatives to ascertain how Indigenous people should be recognised in the Australian constitution. The statement was produced on March 28, the final day of the Uluru ...

From the Prison Cell to the Street and Back Again


Imprisonment rates in Australia are at an all-time high. At the end of March this year, there were 12,955 adult inmates in NSW correctional facilities, according to NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures. The overwhelming majority of these prisoners are going to be released back into the community. And one of the key factors that ...

Stop Animal Cruelty: An Interview with Anonymous for the Voiceless’ Matt Stellino


A group of black clad, Guy Fawkes mask wearing individuals were standing at the centre of the bustling crowd in Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall last Saturday holding laptops and flatscreens, displaying graphic footage of animals being treated with horrific brutality. The silent protesters were part of the Sydney chapter of Anonymous for the Voiceless (AV): an offshoot ...

The Push for a NSW Bill of Rights


In a forward to the federal government’s Multicultural Statement released on March 20 this year, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull remarked that Australia is defined by the “shared values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and equality of opportunity – a ‘fair go.’” This fair go for all doesn’t seem to ring true though, when you ...