Articles by Paul Gregoire

Stop the Forced Sterilisation of Females with Disabilities


Australia won a seat on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on October 17. The Australian campaign for a position on the leading human rights body consisted of five pillars. These included a pledge to promote gender equality, as well as addressing human rights violations and abuses. On the following day, the UNHRC win, the ...

Australia’s First Cyborg Rights Case: An Interview with Biohacker Meow-Meow


Back in June, a Sydney man made headlines when he had the chip from an Opal card inserted just below the skin in his left hand, so he could travel the local transport network without having to fumble around for his card. The man is well-known biohacker Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow. His experimental transport card ...

Making Medicinal Cannabis Accessible: An Interview with Senator Richard Di Natale


Currently, there’s a private senator’s bill before the House of Representatives that will provide terminally ill patients with rapid access to medicinal cannabis products. But, there are fears the Turnbull government will vote it down. Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale introduced the Medicinal Cannabis Legislation Amendment (Securing Patient Access) Bill 2017 into the Senate in September, ...

Time to Support West Papua: An Interview with Independence Leader Benny Wenda


On September 26, West Papuan leader Benny Wenda presented a petition to the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation (C24) calling for an internationally supervised vote on West Papuan self-determination. The petition was signed by 1.8 million West Papuan people, which accounts for 70 percent of the Indigenous population. It shows an overwhelming rejection of Indonesia’s ...

Moving Away from the War on Drugs: An Interview with Dr Alex Wodak


The war on drugs in not over yet. But there seems to be some glimmering light at the end of the tunnel, with the major drug law reforms that have been taking place globally over recent years. The US once led the world on drug prohibition. But today, one in five American citizens now lives ...

Skewed Priorities: Two Vacant Properties for Every Homeless Person in NSW


On October 18, Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon posted the following statement on her Facebook feed: In NSW, 28,190 people are homeless, while 68,000 properties sit vacant. The senator then posed the question, “Is this fair?” Of course, the overwhelming response from those in the community aware of the increasing numbers of rough sleepers would ...

The Threat of Nuclear War Looms


As US president Donald Trump landed in Japan last Saturday to begin his tour of five Asian nations, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program was a primary focus. In September, Pyongyang carried out its sixth nuclear test, which led Trump to respond with a threat to “totally destroy” North Korea. Over the weekend, rear admiral Michael ...

The Need for a Bill of Rights: An Interview with UNSW Professor George Williams


On October 17, Australia won a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council: the international body responsible for the protection of human rights around the globe. It’s hoped the nation’s new position might improve rights issues domestically. But, many aren’t holding their breath. Australia has ratified seven out of the eight major international human rights treaties. This ...

Richmond Injecting Centre Approved: An Interview With YDHF’s Greg Denham


Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has finally approved the two-year trial of a safe injecting centre in North Richmond. The announcement came in the wake of newly released figures that show 34 overdose deaths have already occurred in the local council area so far this year. Statewide there were 190 deaths attributed to heroin last year, ...

Decriminalise the Sex Work Industry Now


The second Law and Sex Worker Health (LASH) report was released last Friday. And the study demonstrated overwhelmingly that the criminalisation of the sex work industry continues to negatively impact the health, safety and well-being of sex workers. The initial 2007 LASH report focused upon three Australian jurisdictions and the different approaches each takes to ...