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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.

“There is Greater Need for an Australian Bill of Rights Now, More Than Ever,” Says Wilkie

by Paul Gregoire
The second wave of COVID-19 with its accompanying lockdowns is causing widespread confusion throughout the community. Restrictions on movement, association, and on our ability to continue with our regular lives are leading to questions about whether citizens’ rights are being...

Federal Freedom of Information Laws Enhance Government Secrecy

by Paul Gregoire
The federal freedom of information (FOI) regime is ostensibly about providing Australian citizens with an avenue to obtain information in the possession of government, with the recognition that the public has a right to access such information. The Freedom of...

Australia Has Been Degrading and Torturing Innocent Refugees Offshore for Eight Years

by Paul Gregoire
Last Monday marked the eight year anniversary of the implementation of Australia’s mandatory offshore detention regime. On 19 July 2013, then PM Kevin Rudd announced all asylum seekers arriving by boat would be sent to Manus Island, with this policy...

“A War for Money”: Peace Activist Greg Rolles on the Australian Abandonment of Afghanistan

by Paul Gregoire
Right now, the US is fixing to pull all of its troops out of Afghanistan by 11 September. Whilst Australia withdrew its remaining troops by 18 June. And as the invasion commenced in October 2001, this conflict marks our nation’s...

The Criminalisation of Whistleblowers: An Interview With Professor A J Brown

by Paul Gregoire
Under the Morrison government, whistleblower prosecutions are all the rage. Witness K was recently given a three month suspended sentence for his part in revealing the 2004 ASIS bugging of the Timor-Leste cabinet office, while Bernard Collaery is continuing to...

Fairfield: A Diverse Southwest Sydney Community Under Siege

by Paul Gregoire
Over the past three weeks of lockdown, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian’s 11 am COVID press conference has become an everyday part of life for Sydneysiders. Although, the tone has grown graver as the “out in the community” case numbers continue...

In a Time of Mounting Crises, Billionaires Are Holding a Tourism Space Race

by Paul Gregoire
The globe is currently facing multiple crises. Not only is the COVID pandemic entering its third delta-driven wave, but the planet is in the midst of a climate emergency, with leading scientists now stating that the Paris Agreement target of...

In National Security State Australia, Press Freedom Is Just a Nice Idea

by Paul Gregoire
Hong Kong police raided the office of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily on 17 June and arrested its five chief directors on national security grounds, while local authorities froze its assets, effectively shutting it down. Beijing has been increasing its grip...

COVID Policing: We Can’t Arrest Our Way Out of a Pandemic

by Paul Gregoire
As COVID-19 delta strain spread its way out to Sydney’s southwest, NSW police deployed 100 extra officers to the area as of 9 July with the aim of patrolling the streets to ensure the largely migrant population is abiding by...

Despite PM’s 2018 Promise, Religious Schools Can Still Expel LGBTQ Students

by Paul Gregoire
In the early days of Scott Morrison taking the top office, it came to light that there were exemptions set out within the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) (the Act), which permit religious schools to expel LGBTQ students, as well...
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