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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.

Freedom From Workplace Sexual Harassment “Is a Human Right”, Says Sydney Lawyer

by Paul Gregoire
A High Court-commissioned independent investigation into Dyson Heydon found that six former court staff members were sexually harassed by the former judge, who worked as a justice on the bench at Australia’s highest court for a decade ending in 2013....

Sydney Man Tasered in Face, as Australian Police Continue Assault on First Nations

by Paul Gregoire
Despite ongoing mass demonstrations calling for an end to police brutality towards First Nations people sweeping the country, state police officers are continuing to be caught on video perpetrating acts of extreme violence against Aboriginal civilians. Indeed, with the onset...

Veteran Activists on How Protesting Really Does Lead to Change

by Paul Gregoire
Anyone who was gathered at Sydney’s Belmore Park on 6 June for the Stop All Black Deaths in Custody rally will tell you that when tens of thousands knelt to mark the more than 430 First Nations custody deaths since...

Vote 1 HEMP in the Eden-Monaro Byelection: An Interview With Candidate Michael Balderstone

by Paul Gregoire
HEMP Party president Michael Balderstone wants real cannabis law reform on the agenda in this nation’s federal chambers of parliament. And that’s why the veteran campaigner is running in the 4 July Eden-Monaro byelection. Right now, Australia is noticeably lagging...

The Successful Black Lives Matter Appeal: An Interview With The Wigs’ Stephen Lawrence

by Paul Gregoire
Waves of jubilation swept over the tens of thousands of people gathered at Sydney Town Hall on 6 June, when it was announced just minutes before the Black Lives Matter protest was about to take place, that the appeal of...

Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone: An Activist-Run Police-Free Sector of Seattle

by Paul Gregoire
A black plastic tarpaulin sign hanging out the front of the now defunct Seattle Police Department East Precinct Building reads, “This Space Is Now Property of the Seattle People”, as the city and its local police abandoned the building on...

Now Is the Time for First Nations Justice and Systemic Change

by Paul Gregoire
As protests against continuing First Nations deaths in custody began mobilising this month, prime minister Scott Morrison appeared on retrograde AM talkback radio stating that this nation “shouldn’t be importing the things that are happening overseas”. The bulwark of conservative...

“Nothing But Utter Contempt”: Shoebridge Takes a Racially Tone Deaf Government to Task

by Paul Gregoire
David Shoebridge held up a mirror to Berejiklian government ministers on Tuesday indicating just how skewed their priorities are. The NSW Greens MLC did this as the Coalition – with the backing of Labor and One Nation – moved a...

Defund the NSW Police Force Movement Gains Traction

by Paul Gregoire
The recent Stop All Black Deaths in Custody rally brought central Sydney to a standstill, as citizens from all backgrounds came together to call for an end to the systemic racism and violence in the NSW policing and criminal justice...

Drug Driving Laws Are “a Great Wrong”: An Interview With Former Magistrate David Heilpern

by Paul Gregoire
David Heilpern is something of a legend in the NSW Northern Rivers. The former Lismore magistrate is known throughout the region for the just decisions he handed down in relation to residents who’d been caught out by the unjust laws...
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