Articles by Kieran Adair

Kieran Adair Kieran Adair is the previous Deputy Editor of City Hub. He has written for the Huffington Post, Guardian Australia and South Sydney Herald. He has a passion for social justice and is a member of the Sydney Criminal Lawyers® content team.

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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 …
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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 …
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Government Places Religion Ahead of Child Protection


Leaders of victims’ and child protection groups have echoed accusations by Greens MP David Shoebridge that the Berejiklian government is being dictated “by the religious right,” after it neglected to adopt recommendations by the Child Abuse Royal Commission to remove ‘seal of confession’ laws, which protect priests against prosecution for failing to report evidence of …
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Sydney Suburbs Where Reports of Sexual Assault Are on the Rise


Despite crime rates in New South Wales being at forty-year lows, a new report suggests that reports of sexual offences have risen by as much as forty percent in some parts of Sydney. In its latest quarterly update, the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) found that reporting of sexual assaults, including aggravated sexual …
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How Parking Fines Can Lead to Prison


One of our state’s leading law reform bodies is concerned that government-sanctioned fines are “disproportionately affecting” vulnerable people, and is calling for an end to the “vicious cycle” of debt and unfair disadvantage for the poor. A report by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW used data from the recent Legal Australia-Wide Survey to …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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, …