Articles by Paul Gregoire

The Stop the Adani Convoy: An Interview With Bob Brown


Adani announced last November that it plans to go ahead with a self-funded and scaled-down version of the overwhelmingly opposed Carmichael thermal coal mine in the central Queensland Galilee Basin. This is following the Indian mining giant’s inability to secure any private sector investment both here and overseas, after environmentalists successfully pressured financial institutions into ...

We Need Greater Police Accountability: An Interview With NSW Independent Bryn Hutchinson


Currently, the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) is this state’s sole police watchdog. The statutory oversight body is charged with investigating allegations of serious police misconduct and monitoring NSW police critical incident investigations. The LECC replaced the functions of the Police Integrity Commission, the police division of the NSW Ombudsman and the inspector of the ...

NSW Police Fail to Take Reporting of Crime Seriously


Amber Renae “genuinely believed in the police system” in NSW, when she entered her local station to report a crime that had recently been perpetrated upon her. However, the response she received from the on-duty constable has completely sullied her faith in the officers in blue. On International Women’s Day, 8 March, the entrepreneur, who ...

The Intrusions Increase: Police Are Conducting Strip Searches at Train Stations


On Wednesday 13 March, photos emerged on Facebook that showed NSW police officers on a platform at Sydney’s Central station at 2.25 pm, accompanied by sniffer dogs and with strip search tents set up on the side of the walkway. This was not some law enforcement operation in response to information regarding a terrorist threat. ...

Christchurch: True Blue Aussie Terrorism


As an Anglo-Australian man stormed into the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch last Friday afternoon, Haji-Daoud Nabi greeted his assailant at the door with the words, “Hello, brother. Welcome”. And for this the 71-year-old Afghan man lost his life. It would be easy to say that the 28-year-old man disgraced Australia, however ...

John Pat’s Death in Custody: The Impetus for the Royal Commission


As Ashley James went to make a purchase at the bottle shop of the Victoria Hotel in Roebourne WA on 28 September 1983, a barmaid heard one of five off-duty police officers, who’d all been drinking heavily, snarl at the young local Aboriginal man, “We’ll get you, you black cunt.” Situated on the lands of ...

Eliminating Hep C: An Interview With Hepatitis NSW CEO Stuart Loveday


Australia is fortunate to have around 800 needle and syringe program (NSP) locations nationwide distributing at least 30 million pieces of sterile injecting equipment annually to the estimated 68,000 to 118,000 people who inject drugs throughout the country. This harm reduction approach to blood-borne viruses was instigated by Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation president Dr ...

Police Should Test for Impairment Levels of Drugs, Not Minute Traces


On the first weekend of this month, NSW police carried out a roadside alcohol and drug driving blitz in the Northern Rivers region. And while locals aren’t complaining about officers booking drunk drivers, they are opposed to those charged with drug driving as there’s no proof they were impaired. Those living in the northern coastal ...

Progressive Change for Kooyong: An Interview With Australian Greens’ Julian Burnside QC


After vowing never to enter politics, renowned human rights barrister Julian Burnside QC, has decided the political climate in this country has made it necessary to renege on that promise and he’s now entering the fray in the coming federal election. Mr Burnside announced on 5 March that he’s running as the Australian Greens candidate ...

NSW Greens Push to Legalise Recreational Cannabis


The NSW Greens are set to introduce a private member’s bill within 100 days post-state election that could see recreational cannabis legalised for adult use in NSW during the next parliamentary term, which is a move that an increasingly large percentage of the community would like to see happen. The bill would legalise and regulate ...