News Category: Interviews

NZ Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick

The NZ Cannabis Legalisation Referendum: An Interview With NZ Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick


New Zealand justice minister Andrew Little announced on 7 May that all three political parties that from the minority coalition government have agreed to the foundational elements of a legal and regulated cannabis market that the nation is set to vote on at next year’s national election. The minister confirmed that the referendum outcome will …
Pirate Party’s Sara Joyce

Protecting Civil and Digital Liberties: An Interview With the Pirate Party’s Sara Joyce


Australia is the only democratic country in the world not to have a national bill of rights. This effectively means that citizens’ human rights and civil liberties aren’t protected under the nation’s laws. The Australian Constitution provides a couple of safeguards. Section 41 ensures that citizens have the right to vote. Section 51 maintains that …
Australian Greens’ Matthew Thompson

A Right Now Politician: An Interview With the Australian Greens’ Matthew Thompson


In many ways, this coming federal election is an anomaly in its disconnect. According to the ABC’s Vote Compass, the number one issue that concerns Australian voters is the environment, which for the most part means climate change at present. However, the fractured government is made up of politicians that are completely deaf to the …
John Jiggens

Why the Greatest Medicinal Plant is Outlawed: An Interview With HEMP’s Dr John Jiggens


As Australian historian Dr John Jiggens puts it, cannabis is the “greatest herbal medicinal plant on the planet”. It can be used to treat more conditions than any other medicine. There’s no risk of overdose. And early last century, it was one of the most widely used medicines in the country. In 1925, the League …
WDVCAS’ Hayley Foster

PM’s Retrograde Domestic Violence Counselling: An Interview with WDVCAS’ Hayley Foster


Early last month, it came to light that the Morrison government has put aside $10 million to fund Specialised Family Violence Services, which is essentially a program that involves the provision of counselling and dispute resolution for couples dealing with domestic violence. Those working at the frontline in the domestic and family violence sector collectively …
Dr Andrew Katelaris and Michael Balderstone

End Prohibition. Vote HEMP: An Interview With Dr Andrew Katelaris and Michael Balderstone


As Australian historian Dr John Jiggens recalled in 2010, an article appeared in a major Australian newspaper in 1938, warning about a “Mexican drug” that causes madness. And this report introduced the term “marijuana” to the Australian public. “Under the influence of the newer drug, the addict becomes at times almost an uncontrollable sex-maniac,” the …
Manus Freedom Flotilla

Sail For Justice: An Interview With the Manus Freedom Flotilla’s Izzy Brown


The Manus Freedom Flotilla is about to set sail from the lands of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation and take a two and a half month journey to Manus Island with the aim of drawing global attention the 500-odd asylum seekers and refugees the government is still holding there. The flotilla will …
Extinction rebellion

Civil Disobedience Required: An Interview With Extinction Rebellion’s Miriam Robinson


Hundreds of police officers from other forces were called in last week to back up London’s Metropolitan police, as it tried to clear climate change protests from parts of the city that had successfully brought those areas to a standstill. The Extinction Rebellion protests began blocking major thoroughfares throughout London on 15 April. And despite …
Steve Rolles

It’s Time to Regulate Cocaine and MDMA: An Interview with Transform’s Steve Rolles


The debate around legalising recreational cannabis in this country is growing louder. What once seemed to Middle Australia like a far-out idea held by some rural hippies, nowadays, isn’t such a distant concept as the news of successful legalisation in 10 US states funnels in over the internet. Currently, there’s a piece of legislation under …
Julian Buchanan

On Legalising and Regulating Cocaine: An Interview With Dr Julian Buchanan


The NSW police drug detection dog program has been widely criticised, as it gets it wrong between two-thirds to three-quarters of the time. And the 2006 Ombudsman report pointed out that when searches are successful, most only turn up small amounts of cannabis. In 2013, a passenger disembarking at Sydney’s Redfern Station was six and …