Category: Exclusive Interviews

Former Police For Cannabis Legalisation: An Interview with Weeded Warrior’s Damon Adams


Growing concerns over the opium trade were central to the League of Nations establishing the 1925 Geneva Convention, which imposed global restrictions on the production and use of opium and coca. Cannabis was added to the agenda at the last minute. After the meeting, the Commonwealth of Australia wrote to the state governments, requesting they ...

Ending Execution: An Interview with Reprieve Australia’s Julian McMahon


In the early hours of the morning on April 29 2015, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were executed by firing squad by Indonesian authorities. The two men were part of the Bali Nine: a group of Australians convicted of drug trafficking. Although there had been a virtual moratorium on the use of the death penalty ...

Former Police Support Harm Reduction: An Interview with LEAHN’s Greg Denham


The 2017 National Drug Strategy was released last month. It provides a framework for preventing and reducing the harms associated with substance use. Since its first iteration in 1985, harm minimisation has formed the basis of Australia’s official policy. Harm minimisation is an approach to drug use that acknowledges a portion of the community will use drugs, ...

Playing it Safe on the Dance Scene: An Interview with HRV DanceWize’s Stephanie Tzanetis


Victoria is renowned for its vibrant dance party scene.  There’s the bush doofs held out in regional areas, the music festivals that come with the summer season, and the old skool rave scene. And at these events, not all, but a portion of punters partake in substances that are prohibited. We’re at a point now ...

Changing Attitudes: An Interview with Domestic Violence NSW CEO Moo Baulch


Last Saturday, NSW Labor committed to introducing 10 days’ paid domestic and family violence leave. The move follows a campaign launched in July by the Australian Council of Trade Unions to have the leave enshrined in the national employment standards as a mandatory entitlement. Pressure is now mounting on Australian Labor leader Bill Shorten to ...

Police Back Down on Sniffer Dogs: An Interview with MLC David Shoebridge


NSW police have begun to back off with their drug detection dog operations. The latest figures suggest that the number of searches carried out by police after a positive indication from a sniffer dog has almost halved over the last six years. Back in 2011, when the NSW Greens’ Sniff Off campaign began, police conducted 16,459 searches. ...

Film the Police: An Interview with the National Justice Project’s George Newhouse


Elijah Doughty was just 14 when he was run over and killed last year. His crime, according to the man that hit him, was hearsay evidence the teen may have stolen his motorbike – although there’s no proof this happened. The incident sparked riots in Kalgoorlie, where it occurred. But the sentencing of the driver, ...

Reducing Wage Theft: An Interview with Unions NSW’s Thomas Costa


The practice of underpaying employees is on the rise in this state, according to a recently released Unions NSW report. Four out of five businesses advertising on popular non-English language websites were found to be offering illegal pay rates. The Lighting Up the Black Market report is the result of a two-year investigation conducted by the ...

Fast Times: An Interview with Criminal Psychologist Tim Watson-Munro


The tragedy of the Hoddle Street Massacre, the murder charges against the ‘Black Prince of Lygon Street’ Alphonse Gangitano, and the fall of Perth multimillionaire Alan Bond: these were high-profile cases that gripped the nation in the twilight years of the twentieth century. And for all these cases, it was leading forensic psychologist Tim Watson-Munro who was ...

Modern Chains: An Interview with Anti-Slavery Australia’s Professor Jennifer Burn


The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates there are 45.8 million people around the globe currently in some form of modern slavery. While Australia has one of the lowest rates in the world, the index still puts the number of people enslaved in some form in this country at 4,300. Today, the shackles and marketplace of the traditional slave ...