Category: Exclusive Interviews

Pill Testing Is Inevitable: An Interview with MP Shane Rattenbury


Despite the initial set back to Australia’s first government-sanctioned pill testing trial taking place, it appears that those behind the initiative are confident it will go ahead. According to them, the question is not if, but when. On September 22, ACT health minister Meegan Fitzharris announced that her government had approved a trial of a pill ...

Protesting Pine Gap: An Interview with Peace Pilgrim Margaret Pestorius


Pine Gap is the top-secret US-run military base hidden in the Australian outback, just outside of Alice Springs. Officially known as the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap, the base was presented to the Australian public as a space research centre, when it was established back in 1966. However, it’s long been known the CIA is behind ...

Asylum Seeker Rights: An Interview with NZ MP Golriz Ghahraman


The 600 asylum seekers the Australian government is continuing to hold on Manus Island are now staying in transit centres in Lorengau. The facilities aren’t fully complete. There’s insufficient room to accommodate them all. And there’s a lack of water. The final 328 asylum seekers, who remained within the now defunct detention centre, were forcibly removed ...

Country-Based Drug Treatment: An Interview with Professor David Penington


In late October, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews approved a two-year trial of a safe injecting centre for North Richmond. The inner city Melbourne suburb has long been the site of an open street drug market, and 34 overdose deaths have already occurred in the local area this year. The campaign for the facility had the support of ...

Clan-Based Treaties: An Interview with MP Lidia Thorpe


The Victorian electorate of Northcote had been a Labor stronghold for 90 years. But the November 18 by-election in the inner city district revealed that the local constituents in Melbourne’s north were looking for a more progressive representative. And the Greens took out the seat. The candidate who led the party across the line was ...

Mobilising Against White Nationalists: An Interview with CARF’s Tess Dimos


Milo Yiannopoulos is a name that seems to crop up on your Facebook feed as you flick through it from time to time. A quick scan of his Wikipedia page reveals that he’s a British alt-right figure, who is anti-Islamic, anti-feminist and anti-social justice. Now, Yiannopoulos is embarking on a speaking tour of Australia over ...

Post-Release Reintegration Pathways: An Interview with CRC’s Dr Mindy Sotiri


The NSW prisoner population is on a steep rise. In September, there were 13,017 adults detained in the state’s correctional facilities, according to NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) figures. This is despite NSW crime rates being at a 40 year low. With this ever-increasing number of inmates, comes a growing amount of people ...

Exposing Agricultural Brutality: An Interview with Chris Delforce


A bill largely aimed at curbing stock theft and illegal hunting in rural NSW passed through state parliament on November 15. NSW Greens MLC David Shoebridge unsuccessfully pushed for an amendment to the bill, due to a provision he described as being aimed at “brave animal activists.” The Rural Crime Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 amends ...

Australia’s First Cyborg Rights Case: An Interview with Biohacker Meow-Meow


Back in June, a Sydney man made headlines when he had the chip from an Opal card inserted just below the skin in his left hand, so he could travel the local transport network without having to fumble around for his card. The man is well-known biohacker Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow. His experimental transport card ...

Making Medicinal Cannabis Accessible: An Interview with Senator Richard Di Natale


Currently, there’s a private senator’s bill before the House of Representatives that will provide terminally ill patients with rapid access to medicinal cannabis products. But, there are fears the Turnbull government will vote it down. Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale introduced the Medicinal Cannabis Legislation Amendment (Securing Patient Access) Bill 2017 into the Senate in September, ...