Articles by Paul Gregoire

Morrison Confirms Innocent Children Will Remain in Detention


Back in the early 1940s, the Nazis carried out medical experiments on large numbers of prisoners being held in concentration camps. Often resulting in trauma or death, the experiments were conducted without the consent of detainees, which included children. On Thursday, reigning prime minister Scott Morrison confirmed that the Coalition’s unofficial experiment that it’s carrying ...

Indigenous Deaths in Custody Continue Unabated


Two Aboriginal teens drowned in the Swan River on 10 September while being pursued by WA police. The youths – 17-year-old Jack Simpson and 16-year-old Chris Drage – made it to the middle of the river that flows through Perth, but then they got into difficulties. The police officers were chasing five teenage boys, who were ...

Sleeping Rough in Sydney: An Interview With Martin Place Mayor Lanz Priestley


The release of the 2016 Census homelessness statistics in March confirmed what most already knew: the amount of people with no permanent fixed address in this country is on the rise. The ABS figures revealed that 50 out of every 10,000 Australians is now homeless. Over the five year period from 2011 to 2016, the number ...

Two Die at Defqon 1, But NSW Government Still Refuses to Allow Pill Testing


Tragically, this year’s music festival season has begun with two suspected drug-related deaths at a festival in southwestern Sydney. And this incident is all the more appalling as these deaths could have potentially been prevented if the NSW government was more forward-thinking. At around 9 pm on Saturday night, 23-year-old Joseph Pham from Edensor Park and ...

Curbing Rising Racism: An Interview With Greens Senator Dr Mehreen Faruqi


In her maiden speech in federal parliament, Australian Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi warned against the growing “culture of online harassment,” which she explained specifically targets “people of colour and women.” The senator is no stranger to this sort of behaviour. Over the five years she served as a member of the NSW Legislative Council, Dr ...

Time for a Treaty: An Interview With FISTT’s Lynda-June Coe


Australia is the only settler colonial nation not to have entered into a treaty with First Nations peoples. While countries like New Zealand and Canada have treaties in place, successive federal governments here have refused to even consider such an agreement. Although, treaty processes have commenced at the state level in some jurisdictions. South Australia began ...

Border Force Randomly Seizes and Searches Citizen’s Devices at Sydney Airport


On 16 August, British Australian Nathan Hague was making his way through Sydney airport as he regularly does, when he was randomly stopped by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers who demanded he hand over his smartphone and laptop computer. The 46-year-old software developer was detained for 90 minutes while officers took his electronic devices into a ...

Morrison to Enact Discriminatory Laws under the Guise of ‘Religious Freedom’


Scott Morrison indicated in an interview last week with Fairfax Media that enacting laws to protect religious freedoms is an important part of his agenda. This means the new prime minister wants to pass laws that would enable Christians to discriminate against members of the LGBTIQ community. Religious protection laws have become a priority issue for ...

Silencing Dissent: Morrison Threatens to Deregister Trade Union


Reigning Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has threatened to close down the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), following a union boss’ tweet that the head of the executive said was the last straw that broke “the camel’s back.” On Father’s Day, Victorian state secretary of the CFMEU’s construction and general division John Setka ...

Stopping Abuses Behind Bars: An Interview With Churchill Fellow Steven Caruana


“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons,” wrote the 19th Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky. If his statement is anything to go by, then recent developments would indicate that such an evaluation could lead to Australia being rated most uncivilised. Reports of the systemic mistreatment of children at the ...