Category: Exclusive Interviews

Richmond’s Safe Injecting Room Saves Lives: An Interview With NRCH’s Demos Krouskos


The North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room (MSIR) opened its doors on 30 June, and it’s already been hailed a success. Over its short time in operation, staff at the facility have treated over 140 people for potentially fatal overdoses. The MSIR is operating out of the North Richmond Community Health (NRCH) site. And the response of ...

Sleeping Rough in Sydney: An Interview With Martin Place Mayor Lanz Priestley


The release of the 2016 Census homelessness statistics in March confirmed what most already knew: the amount of people with no permanent fixed address in this country is on the rise. The ABS figures revealed that 50 out of every 10,000 Australians is now homeless. Over the five year period from 2011 to 2016, the number ...

Curbing Rising Racism: An Interview With Greens Senator Dr Mehreen Faruqi


In her maiden speech in federal parliament, Australian Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi warned against the growing “culture of online harassment,” which she explained specifically targets “people of colour and women.” The senator is no stranger to this sort of behaviour. Over the five years she served as a member of the NSW Legislative Council, Dr ...

Time for a Treaty: An Interview With FISTT’s Lynda-June Coe


Australia is the only settler colonial nation not to have entered into a treaty with First Nations peoples. While countries like New Zealand and Canada have treaties in place, successive federal governments here have refused to even consider such an agreement. Although, treaty processes have commenced at the state level in some jurisdictions. South Australia began ...

Stopping Abuses Behind Bars: An Interview With Churchill Fellow Steven Caruana


“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons,” wrote the 19th Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky. If his statement is anything to go by, then recent developments would indicate that such an evaluation could lead to Australia being rated most uncivilised. Reports of the systemic mistreatment of children at the ...

Ousting Dutton: An Interview With Greens Candidate Benedict Coyne


A few weeks back, Peter Dutton suffered a major blow when he was defeated by Scott Morrison in the Liberal leadership battle. But despite this, the divisive politician remains a formidable force in the party room. Dutton’s still in charge of the home affairs super-ministry. And while immigration has been removed from his portfolio, he retains ...

Ongoing Encroachments Upon Privacy: An Interview With APF’s David Vaile


Over the last half decade, the Coalition government has been carrying out an ongoing attack on the basic right to privacy. A series of bills has passed through parliament, each serving to erode Australian privacy rights one step further. Currently, the federal government is in the process of rolling out My Health Record: a national ...

Fighting Police Corruption: An Interview With Justice Advocate Renee Eaves


The Fitzgerald Inquiry into Queensland police corruption was sparked by media reports linking police officers to illegal activities. Tabling its report in 1989, the inquiry’s findings led to an overhaul of policing practices and the prosecution a former police commissioner and four ministers. Key recommendations made by the inquiry were that an independent oversight body ...

Aboriginal Justice: An Interview With Inside Out’s Keenan Mundine


Aboriginal Justice campaigner Keenan Mundine recently addressed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. He called on the leading human rights body to demand that the Turnbull government raises the age of criminal responsibility in this country. Currently, Australian authorities are detaining children as young as 10 in youth justice facilities. The practice of ...

The Bias in the Native Title System: An Interview with Barrister Tony McAvoy SC


Recent comments made by native title barrister Tony McAvoy SC regarding flaws in the native title system have caused quite a stir. As reported in the Guardian, the lawyer said that the system “embeds racism,” and contravenes the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Speaking at the Path of Resistance Symposium in Brisbane ...