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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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 …
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Blasphemy is a Crime in NSW


Christianity has had a difficult year. Putting the Royal Commission on child sexual abuse and proceedings against Christian schools aside, atheists have officially knocked Catholics off their top spot as the country’s most followed belief system. The Census results are indicative of broader social trends – church attendance is down, and the Church’s stance on …
Peter Dutton

Peter Dutton: A Law Unto Himself


Former Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson has warned that Peter Dutton’s growing control over Australian deportation laws is removing important oversight mechanisms offered by the courts and parliament – threatening the separation of powers between the state and judiciary. Before last October, most would not have known who Justin Gleeson was. Like most Solicitor-Generals before him, Mr …
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There is No Independent Oversight of Police in NSW


Police have been accused of using excessive force during a raid on a Sydney nightclub last weekend. According to some reports, partygoers at Club 77 were searched, thrown out and reportedly tasered during a raid on Saturday night. “One kid was apparently tasered in the back alley for not complying and multiple were searched in …
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Australian Government Refuses to Defend Julian Assange


In 1987, a plucky, young lawyer from Sydney fronted the British press and rallied against the government’s censorship of free speech. The young lawyer’s argument? That former MI5 agent Peter Wright’s novel, ‘Spycatcher’, should be published because people had a right to know about the hypocrisy of their government. The book exposed the reality of …
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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 …
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Cardinal George Pell May Never Face Trial in Australia


Earlier this week, Victorian police confirmed they had received advice from the State’s Director of Public Prosecutions regarding historic allegations of child sexual assault against former-Sydney Archbishop George Pell. While police are yet to announce whether formal charges will be brought against Australia’s most senior Catholic, they have foreshadowed a decision within the next few …
Jenny Hallam

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 …
George Brandis

Government Lies About Metadata Scheme


As we all were preparing for the Easter break, the government switched on the full version of its metadata retention system. Although the legislation enabling the scheme was passed in October 2015 – and data has been stored and accessed since then – last week marked the end of the ‘implementation period’. This means everyone’s …
Wendy Bacon

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 …