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Police Routinely Breached Legal Rights During COVID, Reports Confirm

by Paul Gregoire
To say COVID policing has been overbearing is an understatement. The reliance upon the police to enforce pandemic restrictions on public movement and assembly in such a draconian manner, only added credence to the claims that lockdowns were a means...

Pru Goward’s Opining on the Poor Reveals Deep Political Class Prejudice

by Paul Gregoire
“So long as we keep looking at the billions of dollars they cost us, we will continue to dislike them, reject them and write them off,” says Pru Goward in relation to the poorest sector of the community. The former...

“A Sign of Weakness and Desperation”: Former ADF Major Cameron Leckie on AUKUS

by Paul Gregoire
“AUKUS is a sign of desperation or weakness, because you can’t understand the United States, without acknowledging that it’s an empire. All empires have a lifecycle. And the US is currently in decline.” For most Australians, the prime minister’s announcement...

Extinction Rebellion Cries Foul as the Liberals and Nationals Fumble on Net Zero

by Paul Gregoire
The Liberal prime minister and the Nationals deputy prime minister are currently in a political skirmish over how to reach a policy with a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, after the pair have blatantly resisted taking...

Protecting Porter: Federal Government Rejects Inquiry Into ‘Blind Trust’

by Sonia Hickey
The Morrison Government has once again protected former Attorney-General Christian Porter against being investigated. In Federal Parliament earlier this week, the Parliamentary Speaker, Tony Smith, found there was a prima facie case that Mr Porter breached ministerial standards by accepting...

Left Unprotected: An Interview With People With Disability Australia’s Giancarlo de Vera

by Paul Gregoire
The understanding that elderly people and people living with disability were the two key demographics most at risk of contracting COVID-19, and further, that they have an increased susceptibility to greater harms on infection, has been well grasped since the...

NSW Government Proposes to Divert Certain Drug Offenders Away From the Criminal Justice System

by Sonia Hickey
The New South Wales Government is proposing to implement a new program across the state, which would give some drug offenders a second chance. It’s a sharp departure from the hardline stance of successive state governments, which have refused to...

As the ACT Moves to Fixed-Site Pill Testing, NSW Police Minister Doesn’t Get It

by Paul Gregoire
NSW police minister David Elliott took the opportunity of Sydney opening up from its extended lockdown to strengthen the understanding that he has no idea about the evidence behind the harm reduction intervention known as pill testing. Elliott told Sky...

New Payment Approved for Victims Fleeing Domestic Violence

by Sonia Hickey
A new support payment has been announced for victims fleeing abusive relationships. The one-off payment of $5,000 is a new and very welcome initiative, as authorities around the country grapple with the rapid increase in the number of domestic violence...

COVID-19 Has Infected Medevac Refugees in Long-Term Hotel Detention

by Paul Gregoire
After 18 months of warnings, the inevitable has happened. A number of refugees who’ve been detained long-term by the Australian government have tested positive to COVID-19. These men are amongst the 50-odd majority Medevac refugees currently locked up in Carlton’s...
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