Category: Exclusive Interviews

Test Pills & Save Lives: An Interview With Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale


This year’s music festival season began with an avoidable tragedy, as two young Australians died after taking drugs at Sydney’s Defqon.1 festival in September. The saturation policing and drug detection dogs at the event failed to save their lives. A pill testing service could have. Despite it being illegal, over half a million primarily young Australians ...

Prohibition Causes the Harm: An Interview With Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform


There’s a rising awareness that the century-old system of drug prohibition is failing. It’s evident in the global moves to legalise cannabis, the internationally-lauded Portuguese drug decriminalisation model and the widespread calls to start treating drug use as a health issue, not a criminal one. The close to fifty years of the war on drugs has seen ...

Empowering Adolescent Girls: An Interview With Plan Australia’s Holly Crocket


Kampala is ranked amongst the fastest growing cities in Africa, and reported crime is on the rise Cases of robbery, rape and harassment are common. This has led to a situation where 80 percent of the adolescent girls living in the capital of Uganda don’t feel safe in public. So, three young women – Zaharah (pictured), ...

The Ethics of Covert Operations: An Interview With Ex-Undercover Operative Dr Clive Harfield


The purpose of covert operations is for law enforcement agents to obtain evidence that would not otherwise be accessible using conventional investigatory methods. This secretive acquiring of evidence is meant to be done in a lawful manner, so that it is not liable for exclusion as illegally or improperly obtained evidence under section 138 of ...

Pill Testing, Not Penalties: An Interview With Take Control’s Kieran Palmer


Two young people died after taking drugs at the Defqon.1 festival in September. At the time, there was saturation policing at the music festival. There were 194 police officers deployed at the event, some of whom were accompanied by drug detection dogs. The tragedy sparked renewed calls for the roll out of pill testing trials in NSW. ...

Re-Radicalising Mardi Gras: An Interview with Pride in Protest’s Bridget Harilaou


The first Sydney Mardi Gras parade was a protest march for human rights. Members of the local LGBTIQ community walked down Oxford Street calling for an end to the criminalisation of their lives and the freedom to openly express their sexualities. But, in an overt example of why this assertion of rights was desperately needed, ...

Preventing Violence Against Women: An Interview With Our Watch CEO Patty Kinnersly


Ten women have been killed violently in Australia so far this month. And according to Destroy the Joint’s Counting the Dead Women Australia project, that brings the total number of women murdered nationwide due to violence against women this year to 57. A 36-year-old mother-of-two was murdered outside a shopping centre in the Adelaide suburb ...

A Million Uyghur Civilians Arbitrarily Detained: An Interview with the WUC’s Shahrezad Ghayrat


Right now, the Chinese government is carrying out a coordinated and intensified assault upon the Uyghurs: a mainly Muslim Turkic people, who live in a Central Asian region they recognise as East Turkistan, and which under China’s occupation is referred to as Xinjiang. This ongoing assimilation program hit a peak in April last year, when ...

Kids Off Nauru: An Interview With World Vision Australia’s Andrew White


The tide is turning over the issue of removing the close to 80 children still being held in offshore detention off Nauru. Indeed, events over recent days reveal that the Morrison government is going to find it increasingly untenable to keep the kids there. Three federal MPs from the prime minister’s own crew have called ...

First Nation Economic Independence: An Interview With the Treaty Council’s Alex Wymarra


Australia is the only settler colonial nation not to have entered into treaties with the First Nations of the continent. Indeed, it wasn’t until the 1992 High Court of Australia Mabo decision that the nation actually recognised Indigenous peoples’ prior claim to the land. The Mabo decision led the Keating government to pass the Native Title Act ...