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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 Kangaroo Point Blockade: An Interview With Refugee Solidarity’s Dane De Leon

by Paul Gregoire
On Wednesday, 17 June 2020, the 24/7 Community Blockade stationed out the front of the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel situated in inner city Brisbane was into its sixth day of operation. The protesters making up the action are demonstrating against...

Against the Death Penalty: The Execution of George Stinney Junior

by Paul Gregoire
George Stinney Junior was only 14 years old when a South Carolina court sentenced him to death. Executed on this day, 16 June, in 1944, the African American boy was the youngest person to be put to death by the...

NSW Police State Moves to Silence Protest Voices

by Paul Gregoire
The scene was reminiscent of what one might expect to be depicted in a photo of Mussolini’s fascist Italy. However, the massive 600 police officer presence in the Sydney CBD last Friday night marked a new post-COVID lockdown show of...

Why the NSW Court of Appeal Declared the Protest to Be Legal

by Paul Gregoire
Looking out from Sydney Town Hall steps at 2.40 pm on 6 June the size of the crowd gathered for the Stop All Black Deaths in Custody-Black Lives Matter rally was staggering. But, the thousands there were all about to...

Black Lives Matter at Long Bay Prison: Justice Action’s Brett Collins on the Prison Crackdown

by Paul Gregoire
Just days after Black Lives Matter protests swept the nation, reigniting the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody movement in this country, reports started emerging that a similar demonstration was taking place inside Sydney’s Long Bay Gaol. Indeed, aerial footage shows inmates...

NSW Drug Driving Laws Are Unfair and Do Not Deter

by Paul Gregoire
This state’s unfair drug driving laws were a major reason why former Lismore magistrate David Heilpern retired. Over the last half decade or so, the judicial officer had built up a reputation across the Northern Rivers region for his just...

The Inherent Racism of Australian Police: An Interview With Policing Academic Amanda Porter

by Paul Gregoire
The Aboriginal Deaths in Custody movement has been reignited. Last weekend saw tens of thousands of people gather in capital cities and regional centres to protest the systemic violence in Australian policing and criminal justice systems that targets First Nations...

People Power Can Halt Gas Expansion: An Interview With Stop CSG Sydney’s Pip Hinman

by Paul Gregoire
On 3 June, a bill that would have imposed a statewide ban on coal seam gas (CSG) expansion passed in the upper house of NSW parliament. However, the Berejiklian goon squad made sure it appeared prematurely in the lower house...

Can’t Help Themselves: An Eyewitness Account of Police Brutality After the Black Lives Matter Rally

by Paul Gregoire
A large protest march against police violence towards First Nations people was never going to be the top of the NSW police commissioner’s wish list. Indeed, some presume that’s why Mick Fuller moved to have the NSW Supreme Court shut...

A United NSW Demands an End to First Nations Custody Deaths and Police Brutality

by Paul Gregoire
At 4.33 pm on Saturday 6 June, the 50,000 demonstrators gathered at Central’s Belmore Park knelt to mark the 433 First Nations deaths in custody since 1991. It was a solemn moment, as people from all racial backgrounds united in...
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