Articles by Kieran Adair

The War on Journalism – How 9/11 Changed Everything


For more than two and a half decades, Peter Greste worked as a foreign correspondent in some of the world’s most volatile warzones. Born in Sydney, he left Australia in 1991 to pursue a career that saw him from report from frontlines in Bosnia, Latin America, South Africa and the Middle East. That all changed ...

Censorship Laws Put Sex Workers in Danger


Last week, US President Donald Trump signed off on two new laws which threaten to profoundly change the way we think about internet freedom, and sex workers are feeling the brunt of it. SESTA/FOSTA, or the Stop Enabling Sex-Trafficking Act and Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, became law on April 11. The dual legislation gives US ...

NSW Police Refuse to Comply with Freedom of Information Request


A representative of the NSW Police Force appeared before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal last week, as part of an ongoing battle over a freedom of information request lodged 18 months ago. In October 2016, Greens MP David Shoebridge filed a freedom of information request with the state’s police force, requesting briefing documents prepared by police ...

Top Cop’s Bigoted Social Media Posts Uncovered


One of Victoria’s top police officers resigned this week, after it was discovered he was responsible for a series of bizarre racist and sexist rants posted to YouTube. Brett Guerin, the head of Victoria Police’s Professional Standards Command and Assistant Commissioner for the state’s police force, tendered his resignation after the state’s anti-corruption commission announced ...

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 ...