Category: Exclusive Interviews

Applying for Asylum: An Interview with Asylum Seekers Centre’s Steven Glass


At the end of May, Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton gave 7,500 asylum seekers until October 1 to lodge their applications for a visa, or face deportation. Dutton went so far as to imply that some of these people – who made the dangerous journey to Australia by boat – were “fake refugees.” He declared the “game ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Supporting Criminalised Women: An Interview with Flat Out’s Jake Argyll


The Australian prison population is at an all-time high. At the end of June last year, there were 38,845 adult prisoners in Australian correctional facilities. Women accounted for 3,094 of them, which is 8 percent of the overall adult prison population. But what a lot of people in the community don’t realise is that, right now, ...

Reducing Indigenous Youth Incarceration: An Interview with Just Reinvest’s Sarah Hopkins


There’s a glaring overrepresentation of young Indigenous people in the NSW prison system. While Aboriginal young people make up around 3 percent of the general population, they account for 51 percent of youths being held in juvenile detention. At the end of March this year, there were 281 young people being held in NSW youth ...

Sydney’s 24-7 Street Kitchen and Safe Space: An Interview with Lanz Priestley


In February this year, there were 948 homeless people in Sydney, according to City of Sydney statistics. Of these, 433 people were sleeping rough, 489 were occupying crisis and temporary accommodation, while 26 were hospitalised. At Central’s Belmore Park and Wentworth Park in Glebe, groups of tents are regularly pitched, sheltering some of the city’s rough ...