Articles by Paul Gregoire

Reducing Wage Theft: An Interview with Unions NSW’s Thomas Costa


The practice of underpaying employees is on the rise in this state, according to a recently released Unions NSW report. Four out of five businesses advertising on popular non-English language websites were found to be offering illegal pay rates. The Lighting Up the Black Market report is the result of a two-year investigation conducted by the ...

Global Calls to Stop “Normalisation” Surgery on Intersex Children


US-based organisations Human Rights Watch and interACT released a report on Tuesday, calling for the end to the practice of performing medically unnecessary “normalisation” surgeries on intersex children in the United States. Intersex people are born with physical sex characteristics that are more diverse than the typical binary notions of male or female. Intersex traits are natural manifestations ...

A Forgotten Genocide: The Congo Free State


In the last decades of the 19th century, the European colonial powers laid claim to vast tracts of land on the African continent, expanding their spheres of influence and plundering natural resources. It’s commonly referred to today as the Scramble for Africa. At the 1884-85 Berlin conference, the European powers met to negotiate control of the continent. ...

The Ongoing China-India Border Stand-off Is Escalating


Tensions are mounting over the China-India border stand-off in the Himalayas, as Chinese troops have begun conducting live-fire drills in the contested area. The almost six-week long dispute is occurring in the tri-junction border point between China, Bhutan, and the Indian region of Sikkim. During a press conference on Monday, China’s defence ministry spokesperson Colonel Wu Qian warned ...

Fast Times: An Interview with Criminal Psychologist Tim Watson-Munro


The tragedy of the Hoddle Street Massacre, the murder charges against the ‘Black Prince of Lygon Street’ Alphonse Gangitano, and the fall of Perth multimillionaire Alan Bond: these were high-profile cases that gripped the nation in the twilight years of the twentieth century. And for all these cases, it was leading forensic psychologist Tim Watson-Munro who was ...

Modern Chains: An Interview with Anti-Slavery Australia’s Professor Jennifer Burn


The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates there are 45.8 million people around the globe currently in some form of modern slavery. While Australia has one of the lowest rates in the world, the index still puts the number of people enslaved in some form in this country at 4,300. Today, the shackles and marketplace of the traditional slave ...

South Australia Set to Decriminalise Sex Work


South Australia currently has some of the most repressive sex work laws in the country. However, a bill that passed through the South Australian upper house on July 6, has brought the decade’s long push to decriminalise the state’s sex work industry one step closer. The Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill was initially tabled ...

The Homelessness Crisis: An Interview with RMIT Professor Guy Johnson


Homelessness is an ever-increasing issue in Australia. Despite being one of the wealthiest countries in the world with one of the most equal distributions of wealth, an estimated one in every two hundred people in Australia are homeless. In mid-2015, there were 105,237 homeless people in Australia, according to Homelessness Australia. The highest level of ...

It’s Time to End Violence Against People with Disability


Violence against people with disability is endemic in Australia. It’s an epidemic that until recently has remained hidden. The abuse and neglect of the disabled takes many forms from violence to sexual abuse to the denial of their basic rights. In Australia, people with disability experience violence at far higher rates than the rest of the ...

The Impact of Islamophobia: An Interview with MUIS President Abdulah Hamimi


On Monday, the Islamophobia in Australia report was released by Charles Sturt University. A first-of-its-kind in the world, the study focused on 243 verified incidents reported to the Islamophobia Register of Australia between September 2014 and December 2015. President of the register Mariam Veiszadeh told us in May the report outlines that “on average the victim tends to be ...