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Greater Transparency in Defence Decision-Making: Interview With AWPR’s Dr Alison Broinowski

by Paul Gregoire
Current PM Scott Morrison dropped it on the nation last September that Australia had become a part of the AUKUS pact, with the US and the UK, and, as part of this China-focused defence alliance, our nation would be acquiring nuclear-powered...

Legislating Cannabis Legalisation: An Interview With Legalise Cannabis Candidate Gail Hester

by Paul Gregoire
When US Federal Bureau of Narcotics commissioner Harry Anslinger commenced his cannabis demonisation program in the 1930s, it was one of the most widely used medicines in Australia, with the first federal health director general having previously advised against any need...

The Extralegal Christmas Island Brutality Regime: Interview With Refugee Action Coalition’s Ian Rintoul

by Paul Gregoire
Victoria police pepper sprayed refugee activists out the front of the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) centre on 3 May, as 12 detainees were hauled off by the Australia Border Force to be transferred to the Christmas Island immigration facility....

Shoebridge on Delivering a Federal ICAC With Teeth Soon After Taking Senate

by Paul Gregoire
Over their current terms in office, the federal and NSW Liberal Nationals governments have been rocked by one grants scandal after another. At the state level, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian resigned, while federally, Senator Bridget McKenzie was provided with a new...

The Majors Claims on Climate Action Are Lies, Time for Progressives to Take the Lead

by Paul Gregoire
Australia is an international pariah when it comes to climate inaction. But that’s not of real concern to the majors in relation to the 21 May election. The main issue for the Coalition and Labor is putting across a domestic...

“We Have a Conservative Anti-Protest Consensus in Politics”, Says Legal Observers NSW’s Anastasia

by Paul Gregoire
Protest is an exceptionally important part of the NSW liberal democracy, especially considering how it works: citizens get to vote every four years, and from there, for the most part, the government tries to ignore their desires and opinions, unless...

Protecting the Pristine Takayna/Tarkine: An Interview With Bob Brown Foundation’s Scott Jordan

by Paul Gregoire
Right now, Chinese mining company MMG is attempting to construct a huge heavy metal waste dump in the middle of the takayna/Tarkine Rainforest: the nation’s largest surviving temperate forest of its kind. This means acid-producing tailings from the nearby Rosebery...

WA Poisoned First Nations With Agent Orange: An Interview With Ngikalikarra’s Dr Magali McDuffie

by Paul Gregoire
The US military perpetrated Operation Ranch Hand, which involved spraying toxic herbicides over vast tracts of land in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia between 1961 and 1971. This form of chemical warfare not only destroyed forest cover, but it killed numerous...

NSW Police Needs Greater Transparency Around Domestic Violence, Says DVNSW’s Renata Field

by Paul Gregoire
Currently, there are at least six senior police officers, who’ve recently been found guilty of serious domestic violence offences, yet they’re continuing to serve on the NSW Police Force. Indeed, over 2018-21, 56 officers were charged with domestic violence offences and...

Imprisoned for Defending the Climate: An Interview With Blockade Australia’s Max Curmi

by Paul Gregoire
After scaling multiple barbed wire fences to waltz into Sydney’s Port Botany, Max Curmi scaled a 60-metre-high crane at around 2 pm on 25 March and achieved his aim, which was to obstruct the loading of the ship beneath him,...
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