Category: Exclusive Interviews

End Forced Organ Harvesting: An Interview With DAFOH’s Sophia Bryskine


An exhibition of actual human corpses that’s currently being shown at the Moore Park Byron Kennedy Hall is causing public outrage. Real Bodies: The Exhibition features the display of 20 cadavers and over 200 human organs preserved through plastination in China. Critics of the exhibition are calling for its closure, as they hold grave concerns ...

The Rights of People Who Use Drugs: An Interview With INPUD’s Judy Chang


The war on drugs has failed. This is a reality that’s increasingly being acknowledged around the globe, as communities start to realise that the outcomes produced by this intensification of drug law enforcement have been overwhelmingly destructive. The close to fifty years of the drug war has seen the mass incarceration of people for merely using ...

Stop the Mass Detentions: An Interview With World Uyghur Congress President Dolkun Isa


Thousands of Uyghur people rallied outside the European Commission in Brussels on April 27, calling on foreign governments to take a stand against the hundreds of thousands of their people being detained in re-education camps by the Chinese government. Up to one million Uyghurs are or have been detained in “political education centres” in the ...

The War on Journalism – How 9/11 Changed Everything


For more than two and a half decades, Peter Greste worked as a foreign correspondent in some of the world’s most volatile warzones. Born in Sydney, he left Australia in 1991 to pursue a career that saw him from report from frontlines in Bosnia, Latin America, South Africa and the Middle East. That all changed ...

Just Legalise It: An Interview with Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale


A large number of Australians breathed a collective sigh of relief on April 16, as Greens leader Richard Di Natale announced that his party is proposing that recreational cannabis use be legalised nationally. Drug law reformists and harm reduction experts have long stated that what’s hampering change in this country is that politicians are unwilling to ...

Censorship Laws Put Sex Workers in Danger


Last week, US President Donald Trump signed off on two new laws which threaten to profoundly change the way we think about internet freedom, and sex workers are feeling the brunt of it. SESTA/FOSTA, or the Stop Enabling Sex-Trafficking Act and Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, became law on April 11. The dual legislation gives US ...

The Rise of Australian Neo-Nazis: An Interview with Online Activist Slackbastard


Over recent years, a number of loosely affiliated white nationalist groups have been organising online and rallying on the streets in this country. And these far-right groupings are united in their hostility towards asylum seekers, immigration, as well as the Muslim religion. The first to appear as part of this resurgence in so-called “patriotism” was ...

Changing the Rules: An Interview With ACTU Secretary Sally McManus


During her National Press Club speech on March 21, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) secretary Sally McManus painted a bleak picture of the state of worker’s rights under the Turnbull government. Ms McManus described an industrial system where “wages are flat lining,” workers are exploited, wage theft is rampant, jobs are increasingly casualised, and ...

The Rise of Redfern’s Black Power Movement: An Interview with Professor Gary Foley


On January 25 1972, then Australian prime minister Billy McMahon stated that his government refused to grant Aboriginal land rights. The conservative politician made the announcement in response to the growing lands rights movement of the time. The fact that McMahon made his statement on the day prior to one that marks the dispossession of Aboriginal ...

Stop Sniffer Dog Operations: An Interview With the Sniff Off Campaign’s Xiaoran Shi


The campaign against the warrantless use of sniffer dogs in public places by NSW police is moving North. The Sniff Off campaign, which is a collaboration between Greens MLC David Shoebridge and the NSW Young Greens, launched in Newcastle on Friday night. Figures obtained by the NSW Greens reveal that between 2014 and 2017 78 ...