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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.

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...

Dutton’s ASIO Bill Further Erodes Legal Protections

by Paul Gregoire
As a reduced Australian parliament met for a series of special sitting days this week to deal with matters that couldn’t wait until after it resumes normal duties post-pandemic, home affairs minister Peter Dutton introduced some new rights-eroding laws, hoping...

Occupying the Mantra Rooftop for Refugees: An Interview With WACA’s Sam Castro

by Paul Gregoire
Right now, there are over 65 former offshore refugee detainees being held at the Mantra Hotel in the Melbourne suburb of Preston. Brought to Australia under the provisions of Medevac, these men with compromised health are now fearing for their...

India Cracks Down Further on Kashmir Under the Cover of COVID-19

by Paul Gregoire
Indian soldiers fatally shot a young Kashmiri man on Wednesday, claiming he’d ignored instructions to stop at two checkpoints in the disputed region of Kashmir. However, eyewitnesses state that the man – who was complying with security officials – was...

Post-COVID Restart Tough for Sex Workers: An Interview With SWOP’s Cameron Cox

by Paul Gregoire
The intimacy involved in a lot of sex industry services was always going to be problematic during the COVID-19 pandemic. But, now it seems that as the economy begins reopening, there’s confusion mounting around when the industry will be fully...

Digital Climate Disruption: An Interview With Extinction Rebellion’s AJ Tennant

by Paul Gregoire
The big four Australian banks – Westpac, Commbank, ANZ and NAB – “collectively poured” around $35.4 billion dollars into the fossil fuel industry over the four years to 2019, Market Forces reported on 7 May. It added that $7.1 billion...

Illegally Strip Searching Teens Does Not Amount to “Serious Misconduct”, LECC Finds

by Paul Gregoire
A 16-year-old First Nations boy was walking down the main street of a major town in north western NSW on 25 November 2018, when, on seeing some police, he dropped a foil of cannabis in his possession. The youth then...

The COVID-19 Restrictions Are Easing, But Draconian Laws Still Stand

by Paul Gregoire
As of this Friday, NSW authorities are easing the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions that have been set in place since the end of March.  The national cabinet has decided it’s time to gradually open society back up, as the number of...
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