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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.

The Violence of the Frontier Wars Has Never Really Ended

by Paul Gregoire
Two police officers entered the home of a First Nations family in the remote NT community of Yuendumu in early November. One of them allegedly shot an unarmed 19-year-old Warlpiri man. This incident is now classed as one of the...

Suspicious Circumstances: Detained Eddie Murray Was Not in a State to Hang Himself

by Paul Gregoire
Eddie Murray was found dead, hanging in a cell at Wee Waa police station at around 3.00 pm on 12 June 1981. The 21-year-old Gamilaraay man had been detained by officers about an hour earlier for public drunkenness, under now...

NT Sex Workers Finally Have Decriminalisation: An Interview With SWOP NT’s Coordinator Leanne Melling

by Paul Gregoire
Sex workers across the NT let out a collective cheer last week, as that territory’s Legislative Assembly passed the Sex Industry Bill 2019. After long-term campaigning from within the industry, sex work in the Northern Territory will now be decriminalised. One...

The Focus Should Be on Reducing Deaths: An Interview With Jennie Ross-King

by Paul Gregoire
Last summer’s music festival season was unnecessarily devastating. Five young Australians died in drug-related circumstances either trying to avoid police detection or from taking drugs that they had no way of ascertaining the contents of. Harm reduction experts have been...

It’s Time to Get Your Priorities Right, Scott Morrison

by Paul Gregoire
Imagine, it’s 1912, and you’re a passenger on the cruise liner the Titanic, heading towards New York. It’s evident something’s amiss, as the ship seems to be going down. People are freaking out, but then the captain appears before them,...

NSW Justice Amendment Package Part 1: Expanded Police Powers and More Criminal Offences

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
The state’s chief law officer, attorney-general Mark Speakman, has been busy thinking of ways to strengthen and expand laws which criminalise citizens and empower police officers. As a result, our state parliament recently passed what might be described as a...

No Right to Know: Government is Secretly Prosecuting Australian Citizens

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
Bohemian novelist Franz Kafka’s 1915 novel The Trial tells the surreal tale of bank clerk Josef K, who awakens one morning to find that two agents working for an unidentified government agency have turned up to arrest him on unspecified...

Suspicious Circumstances: Injustice Served at the David Dungay Inquest

by Paul Gregoire
Six Immediate Action Team (IAT) officers stormed the cell that Dunghutti man David Dungay Junior was occupying in the hospital ward of Long Bay prison on 29 December 2015. The riot squad officers had been called in because the 26-year-old...

Trump’s Comments Hamper Efforts Towards Peace in the Middle East

by Paul Gregoire
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced on 18 November that his country no longer recognises Israeli West Bank settlements as being in breach of international law.  And while the move may benefit Trump domestically, ultimately, it harms the beleaguered...

In Solidarity With First Nations: An Interview With the Anticolonial Asian Alliance

by Paul Gregoire
Something is rotten in the state of Australia. And it’s a long-term collective denial that Anglo Australians have lived by, which started when the first British ships arrived and has subsequently been passed down through the generations. It’s the belief...
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