News Category: Interviews

Socialist Alliance’s Rachel Evans

NSW Police Strip Search Activists to Intimidate: An Interview With Socialist Alliance’s Rachel Evans


These days, a commuter disembarking at Central Station during afternoon peak hour can face the prospect of being ordered by police to step behind a screen and remove their clothes, following a positive indication from a drug detection dog. NSW police setting up screens to conduct strip searches at Sydney’s main train station is by …
Father Rod Bower

“People of Faith Aren’t Being Discriminated Against”: An Interview With Father Rod Bower


In December 2017, literally days after marriage equality was passed, then treasurer Scott Morrison announced that he’d be pushing for laws in 2018 that prevented discrimination against Christians and those of other religious faiths. “Where I think people are being offensive to religion in this country, whichever religion that might be, but particularly the one …
Djab Wurrung

Djab Wurrung “Stand Tall” in the Face of Neo-Colonisation


Victoria police turned up at the Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy on 8 August and issued the traditional owners camped there with a notice to vacate the sacred landscape in southwestern Victoria within 14 days. Major Road Projects Victoria and VicRoads have plans to run a 12.5 kilometre stretch of the Western Highway duplication project …
Bruce Shillington

Saving the Rivers from Corporates: An Interview With Water Activist Bruce Shillingsworth


News of the environmental devastation taking place along the Barwon-Darling river system in north western NSW hit the city last summer, when reports of several mass fish kills near the town of Menindee made headlines. Part of the larger Murray-Darling river system, the Barwon-Darling runs down from the NSW-Queensland border right through the main cotton …
Ngikalikarra Media’s Alexander Hayes

Transformation Through Telling: An Interview Ngikalikarra Media’s Alexander Hayes


The Church of England Boys’ Society was an outreach program of the Anglican Church that involved adults running weekly meetings and weekend activities for young members of the faith. The organisation was at its height during the 1970s and 80s. Around that time, one of its lay leaders, William “Adrian” Sandwell, was sexually abusing young …
Close Manus

Encroachments Upon the Right to Protest: An Interview With RAC’s Dr Nicholas Riemer


There was a large turnout at Sydney’s Town Hall on 20 July to protest the fact that the Australian government has now detained asylum seekers and refugees on Manus and Nauru for six years. Indeed, Morrison and his cronies continue to incarcerate over 800 innocent people offshore. The speakers addressing the crowd spoke about Australians …
Craig Campbell

Calls to End Laws that Discriminate Against LGBTIQ Teachers


A few years back, high school teacher Craig Campbell received an email from the WA Teacher Registration Board stating that after having worked for two years as a relief teacher at a Baptist college located south of Perth, he’d been removed from the list of available teachers. And at the time he received the email …
Dr Stanley Shanapinda

Government Is Likely Tracking Young Activists: An Interview With Dr Stanley Shanapinda


Alarm bells rang for digital rights advocates in August 2014, when at a joint press conference, then prime minister Tony Abbott and attorney general George Brandis announced that the government was introducing a metadata retention regime to counter the threat of terrorism. Following the passing of the Data Retention Bill in early 2015, metadata retention …
Ken Canning

Truth-Telling Before Treaty-Making: An Interview With Ken Canning


In late May, fourteen Australian organisations came out in support of the constitutionally-enshrined Indigenous voice to parliament. This was the proposal contained within the Referendum Council’s May 2017 Statement from the Heart. Amongst the organisations that issued the response of support were BHP and Rio Tinto, which more than raised a few eyebrows, as mining …
The First Nations Homelessness Project’s Jennifer Kaeshagen

Preventing Evictions: An Interview With The First Nations Homelessness Project’s Jennifer Kaeshagen


Western Australia has the highest rate of public housing evictions in the country. Over the period July 2016 to April 2018, 1,242 households were ordered to vacate their public housing property, with extreme poverty being the major driver behind these evictions. And like so many policies that negatively affect disadvantaged sections of the community, First …