Articles by Kieran Adair

It’s Time for an Australian Bill of Rights: An Interview with Senator Nick McKim


Gillian Triggs issued a stern warning when she finished her term as Australia’s Rights Commissioner earlier this year. Reflecting on her five years at the helm of the Australian Human Rights Commission, she lamented that “we are regressing on almost every front, whether it’s women, Indigenous, homeless, and of course, asylum seekers and refugees”. Despite ...

Pine Gap: Enabling the US to Kill Civilians


If you ever find yourself in Alice Springs, try driving 18 kilometres south-west and you might spot Pine Gap, a small military base on the fringes of the city. Its purpose has been clouded in secrecy since it was established in 1970, but thanks to a joint investigation by the ABC’s Background Briefing and the ...

Film the Police: An Interview with the National Justice Project’s George Newhouse


Elijah Doughty was just 14 when he was run over and killed last year. His crime, according to the man that hit him, was hearsay evidence the teen may have stolen his motorbike – although there’s no proof this happened. The incident sparked riots in Kalgoorlie, where it occurred. But the sentencing of the driver, ...

Australia May See Its First Cyborg Rights Case


You might remember Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow from his interview with Sydney Criminal Lawyers earlier this year. In that interview, Meow talked about biohacking, a DIY movement aimed at democratising science. Biofoundry, the community lab Meow’s’s opened in Redfern, is designed to do just that. Well, Meow’s been back in the news, and it’s not ...

Civil Rights and More: Our Guide to the Sydney Writers Festival


At a loss about what to do this weekend? Generally, you can’t beat a good book. Sadly the “one type of book that practically no one likes to read is a book about the law. Books about the law are notorious for being very long, very dull, and very difficult to read”… at least according ...

Woman Faces Prison for Giving Cannabis Oil to Sick People: An Interview with Jenny Hallam


If you ask the South Australian police what they think of Jenny Hallam, they’ll call her a criminal. Ask many others, and they’ll say she’s their angel. Ms Hallam, a marijuana reform activist, is facing up to 10 years in prison after police raided her house earlier this year and charged her with manufacturing a ...

Free Speech and Exposing Corruption: An Interview with Wendy Bacon


Wendy Bacon was just 23-years old when sentenced to eight days in prison and sent to Silverwater Remand and Reception Centre for her actions following the publication of a poem. Although she was later released, Wendy’s case became a defining moment for free speech in Australia. The year was 1970, and as a newly elected ...

The Real Laws That Threaten Public Debate


If you read the papers, you might think section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is the biggest threat to public debate in Australia. For almost two years, the issue has featured prominently on front pages of major newspapers around the country – with claims the law is being used to stifle commentators, cartoonists, and ...

Police Using Journalists’ Metadata to Hunt Down Whistleblowers


The Nauru Files changed everything. The Guardian’s publication of leaked incident reports from the detention centre  finally confirmed what many suspected: that the Australian government has been complicit in a campaign of abuse and brutality against those seeking asylum within its borders. The expose, featured on front pages around the world, has turned Australia into ...

Cheap Cigarettes Available Over the Internet


For Australians, there’s never been a better time to give up smoking. With the Labor Party promising to increase the tobacco excise by 12.5% each year, smokers could be paying around $40 a pack by 2020 if Labor is elected in July. There’s also speculation that the Turnbull Government could hike cigarette prices as early as ...