Articles by Paul Gregoire

The Government’s Solution to Youth Unrest is to Send Them to Adult Prisons


Four more young people have been sent to an adult prison in Victoria, after allegedly being involved in the state’s continued rioting at juvenile detention centres. On Monday, a magistrate ruled the youths couldn’t be controlled in youth custody, and threatened the safety of the juvenile detention centre. Rioting broke out at Malmsbury youth justice ...

Raids on Medical Marijuana Producers: Making Way for Big Business?


Over the last seven weeks, police have made two high-profile raids of medicinal cannabis producers in Australia. The Ubuntu Wellness Clinic was raided in Newcastle on December 1. NSW police seized 215 plants from a hydroponic operation run by a group called the Church of Ubuntu. The church were one of the largest suppliers of ...

From Prisoner to Principal Lawyer: An Interview with Debbie Kilroy


Queensland attorney-general Yvette D’Ath announced the members of the reinstated Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council on November 10 last year. The council works to advise the state government and Court of Appeal on sentencing matters. Amongst the ten members of the council is Debbie Kilroy. She was the first convicted criminal to be accepted by the Queensland ...

Stop Funding Anti-Sex Work Group: An Interview with Vixen Collective’s Jane Green


Victorian sex workers are speaking out against the state government’s announcement that it will provide funding to an anti-sex work organisation called Project Respect. Sex worker advocates say the group is increasing discrimination against their already marginalised community. Victorian minister for families and children Jenny Mikakos recently announced that the Andrew’s Labor government will be ...

WA Labor Proposes “Radical” Drug Rehab Prisons


Western Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan announced on Sunday, his party’s “radical” new plan to tackle the state’s “meth crisis.” The plan includes the establishment of two dedicated drug and alcohol rehabilitation prisons. The announcement of the Methamphetamine Action Plan comes ahead of the March state election. The “statewide, coordinated and targeted strategy” also includes ...

Police Against Drug Prohibition: An Interview with LEAP’s Greg Denham


In 2001, the Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) was established in Sydney’s Kings Cross, in response to a spate of heroin overdoses. Ten years on, studies found that the facility had been a resounding success. Ambulance call-outs were down by 80 percent. Public injecting and discarded syringes had halved. Robbery and property offences had ...

Government Proposes to Give Lawyers Access to Metadata


The Turnbull government is currently considering whether to allow civil litigation lawyers access to its controversial mandatory data retention regime. This means that lawyers working on civil cases would be able to access information regarding an individual’s internet and phone usage. Australia’s data retention laws came into effect on October 13, 2015. They require telcos ...

NYE Bashing of Two Asylum Seekers on Manus Island


Two Iranian asylum seekers were beaten by up to 10 Papua New Guinea (PNG) police and immigration officers on New Year’s Eve. The pair were then taken to the Lorengau police station on Manus Island, where they were held in custody for 36 hours with no access to food, water or medical attention. The Refugee Action ...

The Murder of Police Whistle-Blower Sallie-Anne Huckstepp


A man was walking his dog through Centennial Park in Sydney on the morning of February 7, 1986 when he noticed the body of a woman floating in Busby Pond. After police were alerted, two uniformed constables rowed out and dragged her in. When detectives rolled her over on the riverbank, they realised it was 31-year ...

Neddy Smith: A Career in Crime


Standing at 6ft 6in, Arthur “Neddy” Smith – the infamous standover man – had a menacing aura. He was a leading underworld figure during the mid-1980s Sydney drug wars. And he drove fear into all he encountered. Today, the 72-year-old former armed robber and heroin dealer is serving two life sentences in Lithgow prison and his ...