Category: Exclusive Interviews

Keep Poppers Legal: An Interview With the Nitrite Group’s Paul Kidd


The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) released an interim decision last year that would see amyl nitrite and other alkyl nitrite inhalants banned. This means these substances popularly referred to as poppers would be moved into schedule 9 of the Poisons Standard along with drugs like heroin. The use of nitrite inhalants is popular amongst gay and bisexual ...

Combating the NSW Nanny State: An Interview With Keep Sydney Open’s Tyson Koh


Next month marks five years since the Liberal Nationals government put a gun to the head of Sydney’s nightlife and pulled the trigger. Many Sydneysiders thought the lockout laws would never stick around very long, but today, they remain. The pretext to the lockout laws was the one punch deaths of two 18-year-olds on the ...

Curbing Rising Strip Searches: An Interview With the Safe And Sound Campaign’s Samantha Lee


Over the last half decade, reports have indicated that the use of strip searches by NSW police following a positive indication from a drug detection dog has been become more routine. This is especially disconcerting as sniffer dogs get it wrong two-thirds to three-quarters of the time. Then it became apparent last July that the police have ...

Justice for Offshore Detainees: An Interview With National Justice Project’s George Newhouse


National Justice Project principal solicitor George Newhouse filed two class actions on 7 December with the High Court of Australia, claiming the federal government’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees in offshore detention amounts to crimes against humanity and torture. The two separate lawsuits relate to the around 1,200 detainees still being held in offshore ...

Representing Festival Interests: An Interview With the Australian Festival Association


Safety at music festivals is an issue that’s been of utmost concern recently. Indeed, over the last four months of the current festival season, five young Australians have died at events due to suspected drug overdoses. In response to the initial two deaths at Sydney’s Defqon.1 festival in mid-September, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian tasked an ...

Stop Adani: An Interview With the Galilee Blockade’s Ben Pennings


Adani announced on 29 November that it will be going ahead with a scaled-down version of the Carmichael coalmine. And construction on the project’s rail line would begin early in the new year. However, at this stage, it seems very unlikely due to a number of delaying factors. The CSIRO revealed last week that it’s found Adani’s water ...

The Dangers of Laws Against Drug Supply Causing Death: An Interview With Urban Survivor Union’s Louise Vincent


On the second last sitting day of the parliamentary year, the Berejiklian government passed legislation that created the new offence of supply of drugs causing death. This latest drug war tactic can see an individual imprisoned for supplying a drug that proves lethal for up to 20 years. And while NSW attorney general Mark Speakman has made assurances ...

Fighting Adani: An Interview With Wangan and Jagalingou Council’s Adrian Burragubba


Indian mining giant Adani filed an application with the Federal Court last week asking that a legal challenge to its proposed Carmichael coalmine be thrown out, unless the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners fronted up with $160,000 in potential court fees within two weeks. On Tuesday, Federal Court Justice Alan Robertson said that Adani’s demand was ...

Violent Crackdown in West Papua: An Interview With Independence Leader Benny Wenda


Right now, the Indonesian military are carrying out a violent crackdown in the Ndgua regency of occupied West Papua. Reports have been emerging about the ongoing assault, which is a reprisal over an incident involving the deaths of a number of Indonesian construction workers. The Indonesian Armed Forces have been reportedly bombing the highland region. While ...

Sex and Gender Diverse Suicide Prevention: An Interview With SAGE’s Dr Tracie O’Keefe


Tracie was a teenage intersex and trans woman growing up in 1960s northern England. It was a world she found hostile. Her family rejected her. The health professionals who were supposed to be helping were negligent. And things got so bleak that she attempted suicide several times. The thing is though, the life that Tracie ...