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Paul Gregoire

Paul Gregoire is a Sydney-based journalist and writer. He has a focus on human rights issues, encroachments on civil liberties, drug law reform, gender diversity and First Nations rights. Prior to Sydney Criminal Lawyers®, he wrote for VICE and was the news editor at Sydney’s City Hub.

“Seven Dark Years in Detention for What?”: An Interview With Kangaroo Point Detainee Abdullah Moradi

by Paul Gregoire
Right now, the Australian government is continuing to hold over 100 men at Kangaroo Point Central Hotel in inner city Brisbane, in a similar manner to how these asylum seekers were previously locked up on Manus and Nauru. These men...

COVID Commission’s Gas Fuelled Recovery Is Grounded in Climate Denial

by Paul Gregoire
The Morrison government has taken the moment the coronavirus lockdown has afforded the nation to present a somewhat strong proactive pandemic response front, while in the background, it’s simply forging ahead with its “business as usual” fossil fuel agenda. At...

China Continues to Detain Tibet’s Second Highest Leader 25 Years On

by Paul Gregoire
There are growing concerns that the Chinese government will move to appoint its own candidate for the next Dalai Lama: the Tibetan people’s most important spiritual leader. And these fears are warranted, as 25 years ago this month, Beijing disappeared...

Government Moves to Silence Immigration Detainees Under Cover of COVID

by Paul Gregoire
Federal parliament convened for three emergency sitting days last week to deal with legislation that couldn’t wait until after the COVID-19 pandemic. And the Coalition decided a bill allowing for the confiscation of the mobile phones of refugees in detention...

COVID-19 Policing: Confusion, Wannabes and Authoritarian Creep

by Paul Gregoire
The main NSW COVID-19 public health order was amended on 14 May, so that as of the following day the ban on outdoor gatherings was lifted from more than two to more than ten, and the prohibition on being outside...

Half of Child Detainees Are First Nations: An Interview With Change the Record’s Sophie Trevitt

by Paul Gregoire
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released its Youth Justice in Australia 2018-19 report last week. The document outlines that over the last four financial years, the number of First Nations children being incarcerated or under supervision orders has...

Aussie Cannabis Patients Left in the Cold, As Coalition Attempts to Rush Exports

by Paul Gregoire
“Patients in Australia needing access to medical cannabis have been slapped in the face yet again” by the “corporate-friendly” Morrison government, “who cares nothing about the suffering of our people,” said the Medicinal Cannabis Users Association of Australia (MCUA). The...

Keep the Rate Raised: An Interview With ACOSS’ Charmaine Crowe

by Paul Gregoire
One good thing that came out of the COVID-19 crisis was that the over 700,000 Australians receiving the below-poverty-line Newstart allowance were suddenly lifted out of their hardship overnight. As it became clear the lockdown was inevitable, the Morrison government...

Police Watchdog Finds that Illegal Strip Searches Did Not Amount to ‘Serious Misconduct’

by Paul Gregoire
The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) released its report into Operation Karuka on 8 May. It was one of a number of reports into questionable strip searches carried out by NSW police officers over recent years, at a time when...

Welcome to Country: Lidia Thorpe on the Mantra Refugees

by Paul Gregoire
Right now, governments around the country are in the midst of a staged lifting of the COVID-19 restrictions that have been set in place for the last couple of months. And while many out there in the community are breathing...
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